• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Kat Coiro
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 19, 2013
  • Well Go USA

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And While We Were Here Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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For every such moment there's a sappy montage or overt visual reference to Rossellini to cheapen the effect.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 19, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

A sad routine of hurtful behavior in a movie that never expresses its complicated point of view in a satisfying manner, leaving behind unanswered questions, dim characters, and contemptible actions.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: D

September 14, 2013
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Imagine a boring, gender-swapped, totally arty and pretentious version of the travelogue-mini-film-within-a-film focusing on Kip Pardue's character from The Rules of Attraction, except strung out on Benadryl instead of methamphetamine.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

September 14, 2013
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

The scenery is more captivating than the drama.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

September 13, 2013
Michael Dunaway
Paste Magazine

Its depiction of womanhood, particularly as it does and does not relate to the romantic male counterpart, establishes Coiro's presence as a new, potent voice in filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

September 13, 2013
Mark Adams
Screen International

This elegant and beautifully staged Italy-set drama offers Kate Bosworth the perfect acting vehicle, playing a beautiful but emotionally troubled young woman who seeks to escape the mundanity of her marriage while on a trip to the Amalfi coast.

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 13, 2013
Gabe Toro
The Playlist

Harkening back to Italian neo-realism, the romance of Naples is alive in And While We Were Here...

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B+

September 13, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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[A] familiarly snoozy romantic drama.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/5

September 13, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Though the film plays like late-era Woody Allen - not necessarily a good thing - and Goldberg's rambunctiousness is more annoying than liberating, there's a serious depth of feeling here.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The marital crisis at the movie's heart has lost its allegorical weight. Jane and Leonard are just another unhappy couple with problems that have nothing to do with the direction of Western civilization.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"And While We Were Here" is just good enough to pique your curiosity, but never quite good enough to captivate.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unhappily married American woman's affair in Italy sets her on a new course in her life.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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It's to Coiro's credit that no one emerges as a villain - and that, however painful, on the other side lies hope.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2013
Nick Schager
AV Club
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A committed Bosworth gives herself over to the role. Yet, there's ultimately no real role for her to play-like her male co-stars, she's simply stuck embodying a series of clichéd poses ...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

September 12, 2013
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

An intimate study of human unhappiness and the addictive liberation that comes from casting it off. Kate Bosworth displays a level of depth heretofore unseen in her work.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2013
Matt Patches
Time Out New York
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The stunning backdrop winds up being a crutch for And While We Were Here, which leaves its adept performers unchallenged in the face of forbidden passion.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2013
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered

And While We Were Here has the feel of a sumptuous, wafer-thin dessert lovingly crafted by a master chef, simultaneously exquisite and fully satisfying without ever appearing over-indulgent.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

September 10, 2013
Chris Klimek
Village Voice
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It's a bummer that the movie settles for such an oft-mined vein of bummed-outedness-for a few minutes, Coiro really had me going.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2013
John Anderson
Variety
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An homage to neorealism, the French New Wave and the cinematic power of faces, as well as a lark of sorts for Coiro and Bosworth after their collaboration on Life Happens.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 9, 2013
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Unfortunately, this tale of an illicit romance between an unhappily married woman and a younger man traffics in far too many genre clichés, beginning with its idyllic locale.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 9, 2013
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