Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 11, 2012
    91
    Imagine "Harold and Maude" directed by Eric Rohmer with shades of film noir and doused in philosophical chatter enhanced by ample white wine. But Domain isn't pure formula, because the subversion of expectations is its centerpiece.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Connolly
    Jan 9, 2012
    88
    The ultimate drama of Domain becomes how long he can be a witness to her self-destruction.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 12, 2012
    80
    It's hard to say whether Patric Chiha's unabashedly out-there drama Domain is actually good or whether it simply nuzzles very cozily against the shoulder of so-bad-it's-good. After seeing the movie twice, I'm inclined to say Domain splits the difference.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Dalle, with a mouth that could devour the world, unravels inexorably but with decadent dignity, and Chiha's singular film never relies on cliché in its examination of illness, disappointment, and abandonment.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 10, 2012
    80
    When the action eventually switches to an Austrian rehab retreat, Dalle gets to make like the best of the Old Hollywood divas and waste away with devastating reserve - an icon quietly, crushingly crashing to earth.
  6. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Writer-director Patric Chiha directs the proceedings with incredible restraint, which works both for and against him. Yes, it allows the actors to shine with some subtle, quiet moments, and prevents things from going over the top, but somehow Aunt Nadine and restraint don't belong in the same sentence.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 12, 2012
    60
    Writer/director Patric Chiha brings a knowledgeable weariness to his feature debut, as his story heads toward an end that feels familiar in all the right ways.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 12, 2012
    40
    You really can't hang a drama on a mathematical theory and expect it to serve as a shortcut for storytelling.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 13, 2012
    25
    The French affection (affectation?) for conversational film reaches absurd proportions in the talkathon Domain.

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