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  • Summary: Clive Owen and Catherine Keener will star in this dark drama about the damaging effects an online sexual predator has on a family. Owen and Keener will play the parents of a 14-year-old girl who are stunned to discover she has been victimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager on a chat room. Newcomer Liana Liberato will play the daughter. (Millennium Films)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 31, 2011
    David Schwimmer has made one of the year's best films: Powerfully emotional, yes, but also very perceptive.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 3, 2011
    One of the most chilling things about Trust is how well it lays out the grooming strategies used by expert predators.
  3. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Mar 30, 2011
    With a sterling cast and an emotionally powerful performance from newcomer Liana Liberato, Trust packs a real dramatic punch.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 31, 2011
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 31, 2011
    His (Schwimmer) film deserves some attention for the remarkable performance from Liana Liberato as Annie.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 31, 2011
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 29, 2011
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 24, 2013
    Trust tells the story of the Cameron family and their ordeal through the toughest point in their lives. On her 14th birthday the middle child Annie receives a laptop as a gift from her mother and father. After using several online chatrooms her and a 14 year old boy named Charlie begin to grow fond of each other, after agreeing to meet up with Charlie at the local mall Annie learns that Charlie is actually a middle aged man. Charlie takes Annie to a motel and asks her to model some underwear and then rapes her. After a worried friend of Annie alerts the authorities to what happened in that motel room the Cameron family slowly begins to fall apart with a depressed Annie in the middle of it all.
    Trust is a heart-wrenching drama that is extremely well written, preformed and directed, a film that all young people should watch and an absolutely astounding film in its own right.
  2. Mar 7, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2011
    David Schwimmer has succeeded in portraying a difficult subject in a way that is not to mortify the audience and to bring the subject to the attention to parents. Clive Owen is outstanding as the dad unsure of what to do to cope with a family in crisis whereas Liana Liberato portrays the victim not wanting to admit to what has happend to her. As a whole the film was very pleasing to watch with superb acting and a strong storyline. This is however a film for the family and is worlds apart from Schwimmers last feature film. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2014
    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. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2012
    Wow! Well done film. Excellent performances all around, but especially from Liana Liberato and Clive Owen; solid directorial effort by David Schwimmer as well. Good script!

    What a brave film! This is such a hard topic to talk about but more so to capture on film without being too preachy. This could have been a mess but director David Schwimmer does a fantastic job of holding everything together along with his excellent cast of actors. The first half of the film was absolutely fantastic...about mid way through though some plot elements came into play that almost held this film back, but the movie stayed focused and did not lose sight of what the most important element of the story was.

    I thought this was really good. Hopefully more people see this film as the year goes on since it seems like not too many have seen it. I think it's one of the best so far this year and has many great performances.
  7. Jun 13, 2011
    Its a good subject to tackle and it would be a good educational movie for young kids but in the end it comes across as quite boring. It lacked something, maybe suspense or something. Some parts didn't play out so well and falls flat at the end. No where near its metacritic score. Expand

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