Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Mar 25, 2014
    Goldberg sneaks in some whispers of spirituality, but Refuge’s true effectiveness lies in Ritter’s distinctively non-angelic performance. It’s the work of a woman who knows she’s been dealt a bad hand, but can’t bring herself to leave the game.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 3, 2014
    Whatever emotional depths filmmaker Jessica Goldberg hopes to suggest, there's nothing stirring beneath the movie's static surface.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Mar 25, 2014
    Even at its well-meaning best, Refuge is listless.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Mar 25, 2014
    The problem with the film isn't the contrivance of its premise, it's that writer-director Jessica Goldberg doesn't know it's contrived.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 27, 2014
    Jessica Goldberg, who wrote and directed the film, prefers showcasing the somewhat treacly soundtrack to fleshing out back stories.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 27, 2014
    Jessica Goldberg’s sluggish directorial debut feels like a leftover from the 1990s, when dank indie dramas littered film-festival lineups.

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