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  • Summary: When she's stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact, a massage therapist is unable to do her job. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's struggling dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 5, 2013
    75
    The cast is more than game. DeWitt's Abby is earnest and searching and a little bit nuts, but we're never encouraged to see her as dumb, credulous or pathetic.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 1, 2013
    75
    Lynn Shelton crafts a film of astonishingly sustained mood, tying its beguiling atmosphere to the mental states of her characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jun 17, 2013
    67
    There's a great movie somewhere inside Touchy Feely desperately trying to swim to the surface, but its obscurity also comes with an inarticulateness that robs it of its potential.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 5, 2013
    60
    Its humor is softer and more ambiguous than that of Ms. Shelton’s earlier films, and its characters are harder to pin down.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 4, 2013
    58
    Without an improvisational buffer, in which actors feel their way naturally and uncertainly from moment to moment, Shelton’s scenario feels as painfully contrived as it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 5, 2013
    40
    Only DeWitt looks at home, but Shelton allows “Touchy Feely” to be so wishy-washy that we can never get a hold of the star, or the movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeremy Kay
    Jun 17, 2013
    20
    Shelton's migration towards more clear-cut drama is hampered by uneven tone and, most damning of all, dullness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    5
    With such an amazing cast, I was expecting more. It's a small movie with very slight and nuanced moves, and if you go in expecting that, you can enjoy it on a certain level. I can't recommend people spend money to buy a theater ticket, but on cable? Sure. Collapse
  2. Oct 27, 2013
    4
    After "Your Sister's Sister" (2011), also from writer/director Lynn Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt, I expected a lot more from "Touchy Feely", which is a bit unfair. It's similarly nuanced but doesn't have as strong of character development. This features a great cast with some fine performances, but too many storylines running in different directions with a conclusion that leaves a lot to be desired. Definitely not worth a theater-viewing, Shelton's films are best viewed from the comforts of home which is not meant to be an insult. Expand
  3. Jan 5, 2014
    1
    It is terrible. A pointless movie in which neither the viewer nor the characters appear to know what is going on. It certainly doesn't help when the movie is extremely boring with no sense of direction. There is absolutely nothing appealing about this movie. Expand
  4. Dec 28, 2013
    0
    Aside from a few movies that aren't worth mentioning, Touchy Feely has the worst script this year. Besides being absolutely terrible, the movie is painfully boring. The characters are horrible, the pace is irritating and the movie takes the phrase "I don't know" to a new level. A complete disaster of a film. Expand

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