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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. This is grim material, but director Hilary Brougher -- working from her own script that won a Sundance award -- examines the lives of these two suffering women without sensationalism or preaching.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The film itself is dark and chilling, if occasionally plodding, but worth seeing for the absorbing potency of its main performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    A taut, provocative, sometimes overreaching but always absorbing thriller.
  7. 50
    The movie amounts to an extended short story that progresses slowly and fades away with key questions unanswered. Ambiguity isn't necessarily interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. LeiL.
    Apr 27, 2007
    10
    I don't think I breathed for 90 minutes. Hardcore and thought-provoking, with phenomenal acting.
  2. BillS.
    Apr 20, 2007
    10
    My wife and I were knocked out by this movie. Amber Tamblyn and Tilda Swinton are absolutely AMAZING.
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Kevin
    May 3, 2007
    7
    This is the kind of movie that makes you appreciate really good filmmaking. I can see how women might live wallowing in the rich emotional This is the kind of movie that makes you appreciate really good filmmaking. I can see how women might live wallowing in the rich emotional mess of this movie, but as a man, the plot holes, cliches, and tugging at the heartstrings kept taking me out of the movie. It was also shot in such extreme closeup all the time that I thought I was watching a pan-and-scan version on TV instead of a film on a big screen. It could have been so much better. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. DavidO
    May 5, 2007
    0
    I kept looking at my watch at least every five minutes during this movie. It was so boring. I would have left if I'd had a ride. The I kept looking at my watch at least every five minutes during this movie. It was so boring. I would have left if I'd had a ride. The characters were all so passive and cowlike that there was no one to care about. [***SPOILER***]The big climax is that the girl is drinking a glass of water and it breaks and cuts her hand. And the climax of the other plotline is that somebody else admits throwing something out of a car window. BFD. This was basically an NPR narrative, not a movie. All the characters were constantly fondling cats. Or looking in the cat box. This should have been a documentary about toxoplasmosis. Collapse

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