Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 88
    Some cases should never come to trial, because no verdict would be adequate. You are likely to be discussing this film long into the night.
  2. 88
    Tamblyn's surprisingly measured performance commands attention.
  3. The scary culminating flashback, in which Stephanie gives birth -- in a public restroom, on a high school ski trip -- is a marvel of authentic disturbance.
  4. With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, this small, spellbinding second feature by Hilary Brougher brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other's entrapment.
  5. Brougher has taken material that sounds contrived and potentially exploitative and used her gift for careful observation and restrained emotionality to give it surprising authenticity.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MichaelL.
    Apr 3, 2008
    4
    I really wanted to like this film. It started out promisingly, but quickly devolved into a big bore. That said, I'm male, and will never I really wanted to like this film. It started out promisingly, but quickly devolved into a big bore. That said, I'm male, and will never experience pregnancy first-hand; I hate to say it, but maybe it IS a "female thing"... 2 hrs. of pregnancy angst is a bit much for this guy. Great performances, timely and important plot--but a lackluster script. Maybe less footage of Lydie peeing and more principle character interaction? And God, zero development of secondary characters. I have no idea who Lydie's husband was, or who Stephanie's parents were. Sadly, "Satin", to me, was the most interesting character in the film, and who knows her story? She was tossed in, then discarded like a bay leaf in chicken soup. Full Review »
  2. MarcK.
    Sep 22, 2007
    8
    It's rarely a disappointment if a movie has Tilda Swinton, but Amber Tamblyn shows off surprisingly great acting chops. Her performance It's rarely a disappointment if a movie has Tilda Swinton, but Amber Tamblyn shows off surprisingly great acting chops. Her performance deserves a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination at the very least, but since the film has been so little-seen, I won't be holding my breath. Full Review »
  3. KenG
    May 17, 2007
    4
    Slow, flat dispassionate movie, that is relying much to much on its explosive premise to carry it. Considering that premise, there is a real Slow, flat dispassionate movie, that is relying much to much on its explosive premise to carry it. Considering that premise, there is a real lack of edge, tension, and electricity here. Plus, both actresses seem to be sleep-walking through their roles. Full Review »