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  • Summary: Losing Control is a romantic comedy about scientist, Samantha, who wants proof that her boyfriend, Ben, is "the one". She decides to perform a "control experiment" for her relationship - to see other people and collect "dating data." When Sam discovers that outside sources may be meddling with her data - and also with Ben - she must take control of things once and for all. But her life may be harder to chart than she thought, and she may need to trust more than her facts and figures...(House Lights Media) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Apr 13, 2012
    50
    Losing Control has a vague cheerfulness but no real snap or insight, with Weiss apparently thinking that using scientific terminology to discuss relationships is witty rather than contrived. Perhaps investigating something new would have better served Weiss than simply looking to her own experiences, exploring rather than settling.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Apr 5, 2012
    50
    This is a manic hour and a half. It's full of pushy, grabby, assertive, borderline obnoxious characters, not all of whom went to Harvard.
  3. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Mar 20, 2012
    40
    The blue rom-com then takes a frenzied late turn into espionage territory, an attempt to gather momentum that only makes the film more tiresome.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 22, 2012
    40
    There are rare flashes of successful humor, as when the film deals with the behavior of jerks and a flustered cabby, but these are not likely to be replicated in the lab. If you want to enjoy watching a confused scientist grappling with life choices, stick with "The Nutty Professor."
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 24, 2012
    40
    Some of Weiss' funniest material gets lost between episodes of outright silliness; to paraphrase Mark Twain's assessment of Richard Wagner, the film is smarter than it looks.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 28, 2012
    33
    As onscreen professions go, it'd be a nice change of pace, were Miranda Kent not the least credible scientist since Denise Richards donned short shorts to play Dr. Christmas Jones.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Mar 19, 2012
    0
    The film, in its defense, is far too vacuous to be accused of having any kind of agenda--it just happens to get its politics wrong along with everything else.
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  1. Mar 23, 2012
    7
    I reviewed Losing Control for Technology Review, here: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/27670/?p1=blogs

    Here's an exerpt:

    If
    you've ever done time in a lab, or if your geeky tendencies extend to over-analyzing your love life, you're probably going to like the new indy flim Losing Control, a romantic comedy that revolves around an obsessive-compulsive molecular biologist played by Miranda Kent.

    It's hardly surprising that Losing Control was written and directed by someone who earned a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard Medical School. (That Valerie Weiss did so while simultaneously serving as filmmaker-in-residence at the university's Dudley Film Program is all kinds of surprising.)

    This being a romantic comedy, the plot of Losing Control is paper-thin, and there were times when the film felt a little less than Hollywood perfect. But for me, that only added to its charm. Maybe it was the little touches that drew me in. In one scene, the protagonist is forced to move her experiments to her kitchen, where she uses a salad spinner as a centrifuge. Yes, I know that a salad spinner couldn't possibly have any utility as a centrifuge -- the point is that the film devotes any screen time to centrifugation at all.
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