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  1. Dec 13, 2011
    Great movie, full of depth, and made with respect for its subject matter. The fact that its based upon true events makes it even more creepy. The acting was academy award worthy, and its thick realistic atmosphere made for a very disturbing experience, and I liked it. Some might say it's slow moving, but if you really appreciate its atmosphere, and the fact that they are trying to tell you a real story, I'm sure its pace will be just fine. Plus it's full of sick and twisted, truly unexpected surprises, so what else could you want in a movie? Expand
  2. May 29, 2012
    The Metacritic assesment is incorrect as this film is nowhere near "Action/Adventure." Further, West was not deemed mentally incompetent, but rather illiterate. "Appropriate adults" are used in many instances in the UK to ensure proper procedure is followed and often when a suspect has a low education level; he need not be medically declared incompetent as suggested. That said, the film is superbly disturbing and well-acted. It is quote controversial as there are frequent dramatizations and Janet's character is clearly amerliorized, with the assistance of the real woman; however, they do not take away the impact of the interesting storytelling and nuanced performances. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Dec 9, 2011
    A grisly tale, feuled by West's mesmerizing performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Dec 9, 2011
    Well made and never boring--the director is Julian Jarrold ("Becoming Jane")--Appropriate Adult is a first-class example of what British filmmakers do well when they are not trying to look like American filmmakers.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 9, 2011
    Ultimately it's a fairly standard TV movie, if an overly long one, ending on a note of sentimental affirmation and, luckily, offering one outstanding central performance.