• Unrated, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Brian Savelson
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2013
  • Cinedigm Entertainment


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In Our Nature Reviews

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Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

It's like an average weekend: nice enough, but tepid.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2012

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.

Full Review Source: Twitch

December 10, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2012
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 6, 2012
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Beautifully observed characterizations and fine performances enliven this sometimes static drama about an unexpected family reunion.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 6, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3.8/5

December 4, 2012
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7/10

November 30, 2012
Erik Childress

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/4

November 29, 2012
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist

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

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

March 16, 2012
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

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.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: C+

December 13, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D-

December 11, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Plays distressingly like a photographed off-Broadway drama.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2012
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

December 7, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This could be renamed "Mope-Faced Kingdom."

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

December 6, 2012
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 4, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Savelson can't seem to mount a head of steam, and his chamber piece feels underdeveloped.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
Peter Debruge
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Savelson's approach feels old-fashioned and perhaps even a little stodgy.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 31, 2012
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