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  • Summary: Told from three points-of-view, Scalene is a perceptual thriller that revolves around a mother's revenge after her mentally-challenged son is accused of a sexual assault by his student caretaker. This critically-acclaimed independent film has been applauded for its strong performances,Told from three points-of-view, Scalene is a perceptual thriller that revolves around a mother's revenge after her mentally-challenged son is accused of a sexual assault by his student caretaker. This critically-acclaimed independent film has been applauded for its strong performances, gripping storyline, and unique structure that takes audiences on a movie-watching experience they have never had before. (Along the Tracks Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 19, 2012
    90
    While occasionally unpleasant, the film never crosses the line from bearably chilling to unbearably gruesome, keeping its characters credible and its events explicable.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jan 17, 2012
    70
    Although Scalene slows to a drip in places, strong performances and a Hitchcock-trained eye build unnerving tension into its depiction of the intimate stress of caring for an invalid and the ways people might or might not crack under it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 19, 2012
    50
    Carefully crafted and impressively thesped, particularly by Margo Martindale, Zack Parker's ambitious, self-styled thriller channels a wide spectrum of high-concept classics, from "Rashomon" to "Memento." But the resolution of its conflicting truths proves so bizarre and idiotically off-the-wall that it mitigates all that precedes it.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jan 18, 2012
    25
    More concerned with the novelty of its three-act, "three-perspective" structure than with how that structure actually functions (hint: poorly), Scalene epitomizes the pitfalls of the Memento-copping trend, its strained conceptual ingenuity an exercise in aid of nothing.
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