Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 31, 2012
    60
    It's a slender story of mourning that manages some lovely bits of mood while also being dreary and a little preposterous in its spareness.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 30, 2012
    60
    The film stays afloat, if barely, thanks to Elliot Davis's uncluttered camerawork, a surprisingly unsentimental denouement, and performers who deftly undersell the script's corniest pretensions.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 31, 2012
    50
    This quiet, atmospheric drama (originally titled "A Year in Mooring") feels padded even in its brief running time; it's a slight mood piece posing as a character study.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 31, 2012
    40
    The film doesn't play games; it's basically just Lucas going through a short story-like period of reflection and redemption almost entirely without dialogue. It's not enough, but it is what this underappreciated actor does best.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 31, 2012
    40
    Much of the skimpy, waterlogged dialogue in Peter Vanderwall's screenplay is heavy with portent. Excerpts from Homer's "Odyssey" and Longfellow's "Children's Hour" add to the tonnage.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 30, 2012
    40
    This is a man-versus-nature parable heavy on the sappy existentialism that's very much of our time. Call it Nicholas Sparks's The Grey.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    May 30, 2012
    38
    A banal "poetic" drama of a grieving stranger licking his wounds in a bayside Michigan town.
  8. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    May 30, 2012
    30
    The movie is plagued with long stretches of dialogue-free contemplation and static shots of nature happening. At only 83 minutes, the film is too slight to feel so padded.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 1, 2012
    0
    The movie seems to think it's building up massive suspense by not telling us our hero's back story, but given that the wife and kid aren't around and he keeps telling people who ask that he's not divorced, it's obvious they're dead. The only mystery, then, is what exactly happened to them. The answer is: nothing interesting.

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