Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 31, 2011
    100
    David Schwimmer has made one of the year's best films: Powerfully emotional, yes, but also very perceptive.
  2. Reviewed by: Una LaMarche
    Mar 29, 2011
    88
    Despite extremely unpleasant material, he (Schwimmer) coaxes subtle, incredible performances from his cast and builds a tense, arresting narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 3, 2011
    85
    One of the most chilling things about Trust is how well it lays out the grooming strategies used by expert predators.
  4. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 6, 2011
    83
    A diabolically well-made film about a 14-year-old girl who's raped by a pedophile who grooms her with online chats and sexts.
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Mar 30, 2011
    80
    With a sterling cast and an emotionally powerful performance from newcomer Liana Liberato, Trust packs a real dramatic punch.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 21, 2011
    75
    Features some of Clive Owen's best work and a startling movie debut by the 15-year-old Liana Liberato.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 3, 2011
    75
    What Trust conveys, at its best, is that ultimately parental protections are not fullproof, and that is the greatest horror of all.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Apr 7, 2011
    70
    "A Film by David Schwimmer" is not the sort of credit that fills me with anticipation, but I must admit he's done a solid job with this queasy drama about the rape of a 12-year-old Wilmette girl.
  9. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Apr 3, 2011
    70
    There is no denying that Schwimmer knows something about getting a performance out of an actor. Liberato, who is 15 now, is flat-out terrific. Shifting fluidly from demure to sullen and damaged, she is tremendously compelling.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 31, 2011
    70
    The mantle of social relevance can be a heavy one, but Trust, a smooth drama about a girl's seduction and rape by a middle-aged Internet predator, is neither preachy nor hysterically overreaching.
  11. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Apr 7, 2011
    67
    David Schwimmer directs this smarmy Hot Topic drama with empathy for the craft of acting but less interest in the craft of making a movie move.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 31, 2011
    63
    His (Schwimmer) film deserves some attention for the remarkable performance from Liana Liberato as Annie.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 29, 2011
    60
    "Afterschool Special" stuff, but the ensemble rings quite true in their coping processes, as director David Schwimmer proves adept at tracking rogue emotions that no closing "Ordinary People" clench can satisfactorily resolve.
  14. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    Unfortunately, this well-acted cautionary tale is hampered by a lack of visual finesse and a script in need of a narrative rethink and a dialogue polish.
  15. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    With a little tweaking, this easily could have veered into grindhouse exploitation or mindless wish-fulfillment, but Schwimmer's detached, theatrical approach to his material makes it is more cerebral than visceral, and more Steppenwolf Theatre than Charles Bronson.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 1, 2011
    25
    The script is blaring and obvious at all times, and in his second directorial effort, David Schwimmer doesn't have a clue how dull it is for the audience to endure scene after scene of anguish, crying and screaming matches
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 1, 2011
    20
    Trust - a drama about the dangers of teen sexting and online predators - plays as prurient, ham-handed and amateurish.
  18. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 29, 2011
    20
    Schwimmer is so committed to telling grim truths about modern living (whither goes humanity in the age of Twitter and sexting?!?) that he abandons the film's tantalizing slide into B-movie exploitation.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Breathtaking and difficult to watch. I have had those problems as a gay teenager (Well, maybe a bit less) and after watching the film i was shocked to believe how blind i was to my actions. But the only thing that made "Trust" as an amazing film with a social statement was the use of "American Apparel", to show that the sexual models in the ads provide the wrong ideal of sex, romance and love in general. Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is very good movie . clive owen did his part as a father . and female lead also was good. but the others didn't have done good. i depressed becoz of boxoffice failure. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2014
    7
    Honestly, all teenage girls must see this film. "Trust" is a serious and emotional film that you should discuss with your family. Hopefully,Honestly, all teenage girls must see this film. "Trust" is a serious and emotional film that you should discuss with your family. Hopefully, teens will learn something from this film after watching it. Full Review »