Despite some fairly decent performances, Disconnect is a film that feels both old fashioned and like old news, revealing nothing that hasn't already been suggested by some half-assed op-ed half a decade ago.
| Original Score: D
Come on, guys: There's nothing cinematic about Googling.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Fails not so much because of its occasional self-seriousness or didacticism than it does from a scattered plot that makes the story's overriding theme or message difficult to grasp.
| Original Score: 1/4
Andrew Stern's overworked but oddly nonspecific script needs to be a lot savvier about contempo media culture to bear the didactic weight of its themes.
This dour would-be art movie posits that social media might be alienating people from each other rather than bringing them together. (Spoiler alert: the title is a metaphor.)
There are no revelations or surprises, just newspaper editorial-style lamentations disguised as cautionary tales. I'd rather watch racism push Sandra Bullock down the stairs in Crash.
| Original Score: C-
By constantly weaving these tales together, Rubin takes humanity out of the equation, almost as if all these human intersections were engineered by technology, not an increasingly interrelated world.
| Original Score: 2/4
This movie doesn't need a reviewer, it needs a family mediator.
Not as bad as 'Crash,' but it sure as heck ain't good
| Original Score: 3.5/10
It thinks it's smarter than it is.
Rubin overcooks his vulnerability, rendering the viewing experience frustratingly short-sheeted in the significance department, making online angst a perfect fit for a Lifetime Movie night.
Soulful though the film is, melodrama gradually sneaks in, and then it takes over.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As is often the case with multiple, crossing story lines, results are uneven, the film's theme organic to one, cliched in another, forced in a third. Call this one 'Cyber-Crash.'
There's a movie to be made, perhaps, about the way that electronic devices have created distance between us. But it'd be better if not every story revolved around a crime.
Tries to plug in to real emotions, but the parts are more powerful than the whole
Journalists lie, spouses stray and thieves steal, but "Disconnect" keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to pin the blame on technology rather than its users.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
If a movie could have facial features, 'Disconnect' would wear a furrowed brow and earnest, worried eyes.
There are some powerful moments, and the film remains edgy and compelling for about an hour before its interlocking structure becomes more constricting and heavy-handed.
All the hand-wringing tech paranoia is merely an excuse for a microversion of Babel-like melodrama, one in which the loosely interwoven stories, regrettably, never add up to the sum of their parts.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ironically, by linking things up so snugly it damages its ability to connect with us.
| Original Score: C+