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Diminished Capacity (2008)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: This low-key comedy about memory loss offers mild pleasures but is too bland to fully resonate.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: This low-key comedy about memory loss offers mild pleasures but is too bland to fully resonate.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 27,636

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Author Sherwood Kiraly pens the screenplay adaptation of his own comedic novel concerning a man (Matthew Broderick) who gets amnesia after suffering a blow to the head and the road trip he embarks on with his Alzheimer's-afflicted uncle (Alan Alda) and high-school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen). Convinced that they will make a fortune by selling an ultra-rare baseball card at a high-profile memorabilia show, the trio sets out on the open road in search of adventure. Bobby Cannavale and Lois Smith … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Sherwood Kiraly
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 25, 2008
Runtime:
IFC First Take - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Diminished Capacity

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (20)

Sherwood Kiraly's slight script only makes this embarrassment of riches seem more embarrassing.

Full Review… | December 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Alda's Hawkeye Pierce charm gives way to something snappish and cagey, while Broderick's fussy stiffness is perfect.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Didn't we invent film festivals so we could sequester all the star-studded 'how I spent my summer vacation' indie film projects and keep them out of our arthouses?

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

The actors look as if they're having a reasonably fine time, but there's no sense of commitment here, no sense that this was a movie that absolutely, passionately had to be made.

July 4, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more.

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's quite easy: either go get a sedative and calm down, dear. Or see this gentle and frankly boring-as-hell movie.

Full Review… | March 19, 2009
Teletext

This Sundance hit is a sleeper surprise of the summer -- a one-of-a-kind original.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Hollywood.com

A gentle, agreeable dramedy, Capacity reveals that Kinney has a unique hold on tone and shares a palpable charm with his actors.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
BrianOrndorf.com

Suffering from a diminished level of interest, do we know how to live up to a title, or what?

July 15, 2008
Cinema Signals

I wonder if all this worked better as a book. It begins modestly interesting, but becomes merely agitated.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
Christianity Today

Although this is no 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', Matthew Broderick does return to Chicago for a wonderful, wacky little gem.

Full Review… | July 8, 2008
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

There is some suspense as to the fate of that baseball card.

Full Review… | July 8, 2008
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

A slog through determined wackiness, it's apt to leave audiences cold.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Smart and well-written, filled with good lines and just enough offbeat moments to make it interesting, not annoying.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Film Journal International

The problem with this film ... is that it features too many other sad sack characters who ... contribute to an excess of sad-sackness.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Cinematical

A movie about memory loss shouldn't be so forgettable.

Full Review… | July 2, 2008
Metromix.com

Bland indie comedy isn't very memorable.

Full Review… | July 2, 2008
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Diminished Capacity

½

Hilarious movie by Terry Kinney. A good story plot that follows Cooper (Matthew Broderick) who deals with random memory loss due to an injury from a fight. Cooper is a comic editor who tries to regain all that he had previously before the accident. He returns to his hometown to care for his uncle, and meets uo with his childhood sweetheart. They embark on an incredible journey to sell a rare baseball card and a painting. That's where things change, for better or worse. Great cast- Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen, Bobby Cannavale, and Matthew Broderick. Worth seeing.

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