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Abandon Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

It really is almost impressive how bad this is.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 2, 2010
Michael Dequina

A flimsy and tedious thriller.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

January 2, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The film's final twist is admittedly quite effective, though it doesn't even remotely justify the interminable build-up leading into it.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 4, 2007
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Might have been titled Fatal Attraction -- The College Years.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacked an emotionally endearing story.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

June 21, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The twist ending ... becomes discernible around the midway point, but Gaghan makes up for it ...

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O ritmo lento e o final previsível (e absurdo) comprometem o filme irremediavelmente.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2003
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

In the end, the film is less the cheap thriller you'd expect than it is a fairly revealing study of its two main characters - damaged-goods people whose orbits will inevitably and dangerously collide.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Abandon is a damn good movie.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 27, 2003
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Nothing is more frustrating than a movie that banks on a twist ending that it telegraphs 30 minutes before climax.

| Original Score: C

March 21, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

For what I suppose must be classified as a 'teen thriller,' this film has a surprising amount of substance.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Meandering and glacially paced, and often just plain dull.

January 8, 2003
Jeremy Heilman

[Its] failure becomes most obvious in retrospect, when the realization dawns that the most affecting, inventive, and honest moments of the film were those that hewed most closely to the original text.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

December 18, 2002
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews

Don't bother seeing Abandon. Within half an hour of sitting down, you'll want to perpetrate the nominal act on the theatre itself.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 24, 2002
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Easily the most manipulative thriller since Brian De Palma retired to a career of spectacular irrelevance. That's why it's so effective - and fiendishly satisfying.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online

More often than not, the film lapses into basic thriller tricks.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

October 27, 2002
Clint Morris

Stephen Gaghan's "Abandon" might be perhaps the most substandard, unanimously mind-numbing feature of the year. It's characters - boring, it's storyline - non-existent, and it's performances - trite

| Original Score: 2/5

October 26, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's a bad sign in a thriller when you instantly know whodunit.

| Original Score: 1/4

October 25, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

[Gaghan] successfully illustrates that if a filmmaker is capable and intelligent -- and assumes that his audience is the same -- he can transcend the limitations of even so lowly a genre.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 25, 2002
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

"Abandon" will leave you wanting to abandon the theater.

Full Review

October 24, 2002
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