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In Our Nature (2012)

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25

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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38

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 281

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When Brooklynite Seth (Zach Gilford) takes his girlfriend Andie (Jena Malone) to his family's weekend house in upstate New York for a romantic getaway, they are unexpectedly joined by his estranged father Gil (John Slattery), and his much-younger new girlfriend, Vicky (Gabrielle Union). The women carefully negotiate emotional minefields as they persuade father and son to share the house for the first time since the summer vacations of Seth's childhood. This unexpected family reunion in the great

Unrated,

Drama

Brian Savelson

Feb 4, 2013

$6.2k

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horrible

December 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Plays distressingly like a photographed off-Broadway drama.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The confessions and conflicts that bubble up feel real and lived, if overly familiar to connoisseurs of that dreaded genre known as the dysfunctional-family drama.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This could be renamed "Mope-Faced Kingdom."

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Beautifully observed characterizations and fine performances enliven this sometimes static drama about an unexpected family reunion.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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During their "getting to know you" scene, Seth asks Vicky, "Is everybody that predictable?" As far as In Our Nature goes, it would seem so.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's like an average weekend: nice enough, but tepid.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The characters in this family drama are not given enough backstory or nuance to make their problems feel real, and none of the characters warrants much interest or compassion.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

The movie earns high grades for allowing four strong actors to work their way through some basic but interesting obstacles that must of us can relate to in one way or another.

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch

In Our Nature's visual style seems plastered on or allocated, not developed with any sort of authorial singularity.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Brian Savelson generally eschews emotional fireworks to create this small and intimate study of how difficult it is to repair broken relationships while trying to preserve those that look promising.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

In Our Nature lumbers a lot, especially early on, as Savelson introduces the cast and has Gilford and Slattery keep coming up with weak excuses to stall the movie's premise from kicking in.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A drama filled with the same kind of emotional fireworks that animate the gripping familial interactions in works by Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Yes, the pacing of In Our Nature is slow, and drags near the film's halfway point, but the top-notch ensemble propels the film forward, adding complexity to the characters while leaving the over-the-top melodrama for Lifetime.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Like Carnage it gets off to a rocky start in keeping all its protagonists from leaving the movie. But if you can make it past that - and John Slattery helps a bunch - Brian Savelson's film settles into a nicely mature story about airing grievances.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

"In Our Nature" is as prophetic as it is provocative, exploring dysfunction, in a recognizable but no less satisfying way.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Audience Reviews for In Our Nature

For an independent drama with only four characters set in the woods, the film flows nicely, allowing enough character development and spot on performances to allow for thorough engagement. Slattery defines a separated father, both tiptoeing around his son whom he hardly sees and taking out his aggravations, misplaced or not. His connection to the material is undeniable, bringing to life certain lines like "why can't you be happy for me" and a scene involving marijuana and Jena Malone. The only actor who lets his performance slide is Gilford, whose blank stares and quiet deliveries make for an uneven and almost stale exhibition. However, the ladies cover this up as best they can, with a more involved approach, stealing the show several times. Calm and quaint like the characters' surroundings, "In Our Nature" is a strong emotional drama exploring the differences and similarities between blossoming relationships in the era of divorce that we live in. There's no need for melodrama or heightened realities, no extremes or unexpected twists, just life, begging the question how much this relates to the director's life. Pleasant and never boring, Savelson sets the bar high for a follow-up.
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