Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Oct 22, 2010
    85
    What is singular about Inhale is the intelligent way in which plot and character keep opening up the moral landscape so as to complicate our responses to Paul's multiplying dilemmas.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 21, 2010
    75
    Soberly and responsibly, a small but significant film called Inhale, starring the underrated, charismatic and terrifically accomplished Dermot Mulroney, has arrived without fanfare or big-budget ad campaigns to capture some well-deserved attention.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 21, 2010
    70
    It takes a while to get there, but Inhale eventually emerges as a tense and morally complex thriller with a devastating twist.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Oct 21, 2010
    70
    The final act hits like a gut-punch. Worst fears are confirmed, and the protagonist faces a moral dilemma no father should have to confront. Kormakur and his writers give their protagonist no easy way out.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 22, 2010
    60
    The film awkwardly mixes political, social and medical issues and ends up being less than the sum of its parts.
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 21, 2010
    55
    Like the recent and only slightly less fantastical "Never Let Me Go," Inhale manages little more than a gesture toward untying its bundled moral knots.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 21, 2010
    40
    You keep rooting for the child to get a new pair of lungs, but all of the beatings, betrayals and bitter ironies leave a bad taste in your head.
  8. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 21, 2010
    40
    Icelandic helmer Baltasar Kormakur ("101 Reykjavik," "Jar City") injects notes of hysteria into the script's frenetic pileup of gratuitous cliches, as Dermot Mulroney pushes his square-jawed, desperate hero to near-masochistic extremes.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 21, 2010
    30
    Inhale is a creepy medical thriller in the tradition of "Coma" that amps up the tension and suspense by slicing up time.
  10. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 22, 2010
    25
    Milks the very real problem of "organ tourism" for all the melodrama and car chases it's worth.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 21, 2010
    25
    It's neither remotely convincing as true-to-life drama or lurid and propulsive enough to work as exploitation. It's just bad.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 21, 2010
    20
    Even with the grungy aesthetics and earnest preaching, Inhale is really nothing but crass topical exploitation, milking this social issue for every salacious drop.
  13. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 21, 2010
    20
    Ripped from the headlines and sensationalized for your would-be pleasure, Inhale uses the appalling phenomenon of illegal organ trafficking as the basis for an almost-as-appalling hyperventilated thriller.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 12, 2014
    5
    Average-solid movie. Nothing special, but also not as bad as said Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2011
    5
    Very average - it strives for something more, but doesn't quite reach it. That said, still a decent film if you enjoy the genre.

    It has a
    great premise: your son is dying and won't get a transplant in time, and the countdown is on. It has good actors in the leads, and the photography is pretty nice, but it doesn't achieve the tone and gripping feel of a thriller or adventure. It seems like it wants to be a mini Traffic, but it just feels like it's always waiting to break through. Full Review »