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  • Summary: When Kelli returns home from war, she expected to slowly but surely settle back into her life with her husband and kids in the small town she grew up in. But she gradually realizes that the life she left behind is no longer there waiting for her. (Focus Features)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 8, 2012
    Return is unusually attuned to its protagonist's alienation, which is especially painful because its source isn't some horrendous event she witnessed, but the hundreds of annoying aspects of everyday life.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 7, 2012
    Return is almost too underdramatized to seem like a piece of today's zoomy entertainment, but its anxieties-the bare cupboards, the vague sense of purposelessness-are at the heart of the American experience for many. It's what indie filmmaking ought to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Feb 10, 2012
    Shannon chalks up another line on his rapidly growing résumé of memorable performances. But it's mostly Cardellini's show – she's in every scene. Her portrayal may at first seem opaque, as though she isn't quite sure who Kelli is. But that is, of course, the point. Kelli isn't quite sure who Kelli is.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 6, 2012
    As director Liza Johnson understands, simply being over there changes someone, no matter if anything unusually traumatic happened to the person.
  5. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Mar 26, 2012
    Reversing his "Take Shelter" role, Michael Shannon convinces as her grounded husband and "Mad Men's" John Slattery offers good support as a fellow vet. But this is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 9, 2012
    Johnson's feel for the rhythms of reconnection are steady, and she and her fine actors make Return one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking reality.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 8, 2012
    Ms. Cardellini plays it like a zombie, and she isn't helped by all the loitering camera angles and repetitive close-ups of her head framed against car windows. It's a worthy subject, ploddingly explored in a film that is too modest for its own good.

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