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  • Summary: On Halloween, a twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who has unexpectedly lost her job prepares to make the first reckless decision of her life.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 28, 2013
    70
    Molly’s Theory of Relativity is an intentionally uncomfortable movie to watch. The fifth feature from Jeff Lipsky, this eccentric, often high-pitched family comedy might be described as a surreal, post-Freudian gabfest.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    At times, Lipsky's storytelling is too cutely self-aware, trying too hard, making Molly's Theory of Relativity something of an intriguing, if not entirely successful, exoticism.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 23, 2013
    50
    The characters never sound like they're actually talking to one another, but rather delivering Jeff Lipsky's echo-chamber monologues.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 28, 2013
    40
    Lipsky is clearly reaching for something grand and cosmic here, but the results are mostly just confounding.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 20, 2013
    37
    The movie features not one, but two precocious children, a cloying stock character that should be used sparingly, if at all. And much of the dialogue sounds fake, veering alternately toward cutesy and overly cerebral.
  6. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Feb 26, 2013
    20
    Here’s a mathematical formula for you: Take one overlong, nonsensical script; multiply it by terrible editing and design; then divide the whole thing by wooden performances. Voilà: You’ll have Jeff Lipsky’s unwatchable indie.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 28, 2013
    12
    Molly’s Theory of Relativity is anti-cinema. All hope for any plot atrophies as Molly and her husband discuss their possible move to Norway with the wit and passion of a representative reading a tribute to Calvin Coolidge into the Congressional Record.

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