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  • Summary: Amy (Krysten Ritter), a young woman raising her two, slightly younger, but overly needy siblings, tries to balance her personal life with her responsibilities. But when Sam (Brian Geraghty), a young handsome stranger rolls into town, he becomes entrenched in the family while he and Amy, against all odds, begin to create a life they never thought possible. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Mar 25, 2014
    70
    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: Sam Weisberg
    Mar 25, 2014
    40
    Even at its well-meaning best, Refuge is listless.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    Whatever emotional depths filmmaker Jessica Goldberg hopes to suggest, there's nothing stirring beneath the movie's static surface.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Mar 25, 2014
    38
    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
    30
    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
    20
    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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