• Unrated, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Terry Kinney
    In Theaters:
    Jul 4, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 25, 2008
  • IFC First Take


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Diminished Capacity Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Matthew Turner

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2009
Pete Hammond

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2008
Brian Orndorf

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

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B+

July 17, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Alda's Hawkeye Pierce charm gives way to something snappish and cagey, while Broderick's fussy stiffness is perfect.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2008
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

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July 8, 2008
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

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July 8, 2008

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

July 4, 2008
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 3, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Diminished Capacity is blessed with a blue-ribbon cast.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 2, 2008
Prairie Miller

An affectionate buddy road movie about baseball, elder belligerence, and uneasy male bonding between two odd couple mentally challenged guys. And while one appears to have simply lost his mind, the other can't seem to keep track of his.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

June 26, 2008
Victor Olliver

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 Source: Teletext | Original Score: 4/10

March 19, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Sherwood Kiraly's slight script only makes this embarrassment of riches seem more embarrassing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 8, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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

| Original Score: 2/5

July 15, 2008
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today

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

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

July 10, 2008
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

July 4, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 4, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 3, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 19, 2009
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