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  • Summary: Two couples must sift through the layers of betrayal and self-deception to face their marriages, each other, and ultimately, themselves. (Warner Independent Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. The film is at times harrowing to watch, yet it's also wry and delicate and absorbing. It's infused with the messy excitement of imperfect passion.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    A revelation. One rarely sees American-made movies that are so unafraid to explore emotional cruelty and portray the consequences without positing easy answers or attaching happy endings.
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Fusilli
    80
    Set ablaze by a startling performance by Laura Dern, it's a stark, often disturbing look at the ramifications of betrayal.
  4. 70
    In Curran's hands, what might have seemed like a "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" redux gets cut into avant-garde pieces, with experimental inserts, sound effects, and wrinkles in time that add to an uneasy mood.
  5. 63
    At heart a rather chilly and clinical portrait of four very selfish people.
  6. What it lacks is the wit or even the cynicism to lighten the emotional load.
  7. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    40
    If you're looking for a film to put you off marriage, children, affairs, and indeed life itself, look no further than this melancholic ensemble piece about listless adulterous couples in small-town New England.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Jan 1, 2011
    1
    Good cast but weak and dull storyline ,felt like a terrible waste of talent and effort to make such a pointless movie.Wish I hadn't wasted myGood cast but weak and dull storyline ,felt like a terrible waste of talent and effort to make such a pointless movie.Wish I hadn't wasted my time watching it. Expand

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