Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. An ingeniously scripted psychological thriller.
  2. 75
    Courteney Cox, well known from TV, rarely gets an opportunity to revise her famous image, but here she is serious, inward, coiled. She carries the film; the other characters circulate through her consciousness as possibilities and hypotheses.
  3. Ambiguous in a satisfying, puzzling sort of way, November offers a triptych of scenarios revolving around a grim moment.
  4. The depth of the story and the characters is awfully slight to bear the weight of such fancy editing. But the performances are crisp and in focus, with Cox in particular showing a photogenic feel for expressing grief.
  5. The creative and experimental use of sound and photography are a big part of what makes November an intriguing film.
  6. Reviewed by: Greg Bellavia
    60
    Tries to be a lot of things within its 78 minute running time, succeeding marvelously at some while crashing and burning on others.
  7. 60
    Feels more like a clever student short that got out of hand than the Kafka-esque nightmare that director Greg Harrison (Groove) likely intended.
  8. In the same way that a crossword puzzle tickles the mind without asking to be taken as literature, November plays games for the sake of game-playing. It also has a pretentious streak.
  9. 58
    Exploring the possibilities of low-budget digital filmmaking is a worthy endeavor, but November is a little too in love with the grittiness of it all.
  10. Benjamin Brand's script never levels with a viewer.
  11. Reviewed by: Achy Obejas
    50
    The fact is, neither Harrison or scriptwriter Benjamin Brand is very honest with the audience.
  12. Lacks the finesse of other puzzle films.
  13. 50
    It doesn't always succeed, and sometimes it has the egocentric obviousness of a particularly clever, grad-student thesis film, but at least Harrison is game enough to mess with your head in the first place.
  14. For all its good intentions in exploring the grace of death, November never creates a life outside of its all-too-obvious inspirations and the mystery becomes little more than a groaner.
  15. 50
    To their great credit, writer Benjamin Brand and director Greg Harrison weave these contradictory variations into an effective puzzle, if one that doesn't quite transcend being a puzzle - it never becomes a mystery, like, say, "Mulholland Drive," or even "The Sixth Sense."
  16. 50
    Like a jigsaw that's more fun to assemble before you know how all the pieces fit, Greg Harrison's brain-teasing meta-thriller November is less compelling the more apparent its solution becomes.
  17. Increasingly perplexing film, which is more concerned with being clever than satisfying.
  18. Reviewed by: Curt Fields
    50
    The best thing about this psychological exploration is its star, Courteney Cox.
  19. 40
    There's less than meets the eye in this tricky psychological thriller, one of a long line of mess-with-your-head brain ticklers in which all is not as it seems.
  20. 40
    Cox, bespectacled and deglamorized here, shows some acting ability, but by the time you get through this 78-minute bag of tricks, you could be suffering from a case of perceptual overload.
  21. Convoluted and unsatisfying psychological drama.
  22. 38
    There's no real payoff - artistically or emotionally - in Gregory Harrison's gimmicky and tedious psychological thriller November, shot on ugly digital video.
  23. 38
    Offers cliches instead of chills.
  24. 30
    This parallel-reality shtick would be OK if the gun violence weren't so awful--but staging a murder again and again for the sake of some undergraduate head game is no more defensible than using it to pump up an action flick.
  25. 25
    Cox's morose performance could not be less interesting, Harrison's visual stylings all feel borrowed from David Fincher movies and nine inch nails music videos, and the film's elliptical mysteries, which twist onto themselves a la Mulholland Drive, aren't interesting enough to ponder.
  26. 12
    Brand's script is a puzzle without a satisfying solution. Even at its supposedly heartfelt conclusion, it's more ironic than emotional, more of an art thing than a suspense movie.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. TonyC.
    Mar 14, 2007
    3
    I thought the acting was absolutely spectacular, but while people may say the ending was "deep" and "thought provoking", at no point in the movie did I even catch a glimpse of what could be considered a so-called "ending".... It was like they were about to film a scene which ties everything together in a way which makes you understand the movie when they said "You know what would be cool?" "If we just didn't film an ending and put it out like this." Though interesting to say the least, I believe anyone who watches this movie will be disappointed as they see the credits roll by so abrubtly. Full Review »
  2. Steve
    Jan 11, 2006
    9
    One of the best films of the year. The ending will have you talking for days.
  3. kevins.
    Jan 11, 2006
    10
    A brilliant film, powerful from the very first frame. This is the kind of movie that reminds me why I'm a film major.