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  • Summary: After a stroke leaves her husband mentally disabled and fundamentally changed, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia (Maxine Peake) struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy. A research grant from American doctor Ted Fielding (Will Forte), interested in documenting the family's recovery process, allows them to get by. Though Vanetia initially resents living under Ted's microscope, she soon finds comfort in his calming presence, while Ted responds to Vanetia's dynamic, unpredictable personality. As the two explore their bond within their unique situation, a new family begins to emerge. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 20, 2014
    90
    With remarkable warmth and immediacy, Green and co-scripter Keogan have managed to capture the beauty of an obviously flawed family, one neither too perfect nor too demographically balanced to ring true, and imbue it with a sense of plenitude that seems to flow as much from the sun-drenched land itself as from the quirkily particular personalities involved.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    Green's resolution is sensitive, expected, yet visionary. And, like the rest of the film, it is shot with a magnificent play of color and light that makes the characters' corner of the world seem like the cradle of compassion.
  3. 75
    Run & Jump is an uncommonly offbeat and charmingly unconventional romance, an Irish comedy that lets itself get very serious, now and again, and is all the richer for it.
  4. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jan 24, 2014
    75
    This all sounds painfully glum and ultimately mawkish. But—like the active verbs that constitute its title — Run & Jump is surprisingly alive, full of jolts and unexpected bursts of humor and earned emotion.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Maxine Peake is a revelation in Run & Jump, communicating vitality and extraordinary optimism that practically bleeds out and infects the visuals.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    Peake, warmly sketching a woman busy fooling herself that everything will work out, and Forte, as precise as he was in Nebraska, keep it honest, and within touching distance of real poignancy.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    Whether it’s possible to go on loving somebody who’s no longer himself is a momentous question that this movie largely ducks, ultimately providing an answer that seems imposed from without rather than arrived at organically.

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  1. Lyn
    Aug 14, 2014
    3
    Perhaps I expected too much after seeing Will Forte in "Nebraska" -- amid all the tremendous acting and great characters in that movie, he was the winsome heart of it. In this one, his presence barely registers. He heard about this guy who had a stroke (we don't know how), he decides to chronicle the case for posterity (we don't know why) and he lives with the family while making his observations (we don't know what). I agree with the reviewer who said that the fascinating issue of how to love someone who's fundamentally changed by stroke goes largely unexplored. The lead actress, who looks like Julianne Moore, is appealing, if hard to believe. (Family's shattered and yet she dances while doing housework. Huh?) Expand

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