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Diminished Capacity (2008)



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

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


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

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



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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



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Nov 25, 2008

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (20)

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

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Alda's Hawkeye Pierce charm gives way to something snappish and cagey, while Broderick's fussy stiffness is perfect.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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
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A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It has moments of sweetness, but not enough poignancy or wit to turn it into the endearing art-house comedy that it aspires to be.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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It's quite easy: either go get a sedative and calm down, dear. Or see this gentle and frankly boring-as-hell movie.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Teletext

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

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source:

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.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

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?

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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

July 8, 2008 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

July 8, 2008 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

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

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source:

Bland indie comedy isn't very memorable.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Diminished Capacity

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.
December 4, 2008
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