Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 11, 2013
    100
    One of the rare films that directly responds to and expresses modern anxieties, this debut feature from director Henry Alex Rubin interweaves the stories of three sets of people, whose lives are upended through various bad things that happen over the Internet -- including bullying and identity theft. A fascinating and riveting thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 10, 2013
    100
    Even when Disconnect follows the path we expect it to follow, it does so in a way that keeps us intensely engaged. There wasn't a moment during this movie when I thought about anything other than this movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 11, 2013
    90
    The film ominously conveys a world of too much information but too little communication, where people have become slaves to glowing hand-held devices that were designed to make life easier but have made it busier and more complicated.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    Disconnect is naturally gripping. Using unforgiving closeups, Rubin pokes into unexpected corners— not least the different ways in which men and women respond to calamity — and never forces his story's social-media scares to improbable heights.
  5. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    The film builds to a three-pronged tumultuous climax, shot in slow motion that could have been overwrought but somehow isn’t.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 12, 2013
    75
    Characters are richly drawn and relatable, though at times stories teeter on melodrama. The overall effect, however, is powerful.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 12, 2013
    75
    Disconnect is by turns frustrating and fascinating.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 10, 2013
    75
    Bateman, in a rare dramatic role, is just tremendous, finding depths of emotion where they're least expected. Disconnect works they same way. Even when it trips on its ambitions, it hits home.
  9. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 9, 2013
    75
    Despite occasional flaws, Disconnect is filled with fine performances, informed by an often sophisticated script and directed with passion.
  10. 75
    It’s a blunt instrument of a movie, and often melodramatic. But it sometimes moves and often hits its target square on the nose.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 18, 2013
    70
    As cautionary tales go, Disconnect is a pretty good one, but it’s not really a whole lot more than that.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 11, 2013
    70
    The structure is sheer contrivance — three narratives intricately interlocked — while the plot amounts to a convenience store of variably credible, or borderline incredible, strands. Yet the film is impressive all the same.
  13. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 18, 2013
    63
    If this strikes you as vaguely familiar, you’re right: Disconnect is a computer “Crash.”
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    Soulful though the film is, melodrama gradually sneaks in, and then it takes over.
  15. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    Disconnect is an Eleanor Rigby movie. Look at all the lonely people. A "Crash" for the Internet age, Alex Henry Rubin's topical opus swoops down like an alien spaceship to investigate a disparate group of Earthlings living in close proximity in the suburbs of New York City.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    Disconnect is far from a bad movie. It’s just better at melodrama than drama.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 10, 2013
    60
    The film's message -- about how the Internet is sabotaging our real-life relationships -- doesn't resonate with absolute clarity, but Disconnect does a much more effective job than anyone could hope to do in 140 characters or less.
  18. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 11, 2013
    60
    The fine cast pushes beyond the script’s limits, even if some, like Hope Davis as Ben’s mom, are mostly wasted.
  19. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 11, 2013
    50
    Alas, the flick can't resist overheating. Paradoxically, when people finally do jump in their cars, curl their fists and grab their guns, we wish they'd retreat to the safety of their monitors.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 9, 2013
    50
    Disconnect might play better a decade from now, when it's more clearly a compendium of contemporary fears rather than some dire expression of them.
  21. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Apr 7, 2013
    50
    Well-meaning but dated and frequently risible issue-drama.
  22. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 9, 2013
    40
    Only Andrea Riseborough comes close to rising above it all, and even she’s undone by what may be the crassest climactic slo-mo montage ever. The lucky will have logged off by that point.
  23. Reviewed by: Leah Churner
    Apr 25, 2013
    30
    And come on, guys: There’s nothing cinematic about Googling.
  24. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Apr 7, 2013
    25
    Fails not so much because of its occasional self-seriousness or didacticism than it does from a scattered plot that makes the story's overriding theme or message difficult to grasp.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 7, 2013
    10
    This movie was brilliant. The concept was imaginative and thoughtful and the acting wonderful. I've rarely cared about characters so much.This movie was brilliant. The concept was imaginative and thoughtful and the acting wonderful. I've rarely cared about characters so much. It's the best movie I've seen this year. Full Review »
  2. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    Anybody remember the 2010 movie 'Trust'? Well, this is another version consisting of many different and connected stories. Very nicely writtenAnybody remember the 2010 movie 'Trust'? Well, this is another version consisting of many different and connected stories. Very nicely written script about cyber crimes. This kind of movie is much needed in the present world because the nuisance growing rapidly everywhere. You would get many similar movies to this like 'Identity Thief' etc., but not serious as the reality. So this movie is one of the kind that the modern world had seen with the concept of existing online culture.

    How the common people are affected by the identity theft, cyber bully and illegal activity is what the movie revolves. A teenage loner was tormented because of misused online friendship that put his life on a stake. A hard working couple fall in a deep sorrow state after their savings were snatched by a hacker. A local tv journalist gives a career best news report, but that severely hurts her source. All these incidents are interconnected in some way, but how is the remaining.

    The story also states the father's and husband's failed responsibility in their respective families. An orphan who has to take an alternative route to survive the odds, which is against the law. Very few scenes were intense, instead call it an intense I would say the reality of lifestyle. All these tales were packed with sufficient quantity of melodramas. You would enjoy whole movie, but the ending scene will put you on your seat's edge. Purely the 21st century's movie and a must see by who familiar with the world of internet.
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  3. Aug 17, 2013
    9
    With great performances and a story that not only works as a lesson about the technological world we live in, but also works as a rivetingWith great performances and a story that not only works as a lesson about the technological world we live in, but also works as a riveting piece of film making. This is one of my favorite films of the year so far. A Full Review »