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A bit dirty and scattered, the film fails to offer any payoff for its crawling plot and salacious promises.
You may just want to forget about any sort of cinematic monogamy and find another movie to see.
| Original Score: 2/5
Framed as a relationship-on-the-skids drama, Monogamy is instead a shallow and unconvincing look at male psychosexual pathology.
| Original Score: 1/4
Monogamy asks us to root for lovers who seem disinterested in their own future.
| Original Score: 2/4
I walked away from the film disappointed, but there are some powerful ideas and performances buried somewhere in here, underneath the performance art itches.
| Original Score: C
I reached the outer limits of my endurance level after 25 minutes, but you may make it to an hour.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[An] irksome dither of an indie drama...
There are certain filmmakers who should have their Cassavetes card revoked, and on the evidence of "Monogamy,'' Dana Adam Shapiro has joined their ranks.
The conceit is a decent idea for a thriller, if not a terribly original one, but Shapiro loses the rhythm with a plodding story and a pat ending we can see coming a mile away.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A painfully dull plunge into the suffocating self-absorption that seems to be killing modern romance: Ask not what your relationship can do for you, but what you can do for your relationship, kiddos!
Monogamy is pure monotony.
Despite the pseudo-vérité style, the convincing improvised dialogue, and its intimations of Blow-Up and The Conversation, Monogamy never quite makes a full commitment.
Jones has little to do besides look fed up, and justifiably so.
Monogamy is surprising for how well it tackles themes we thought had been fully examined on film.
A thoughtful and engrossing character study.
Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours.
| Original Score: 3/5
With modest resources, some nice digital camerawork and an appealing cast -- the likable Ms. Jones draws you in easily -- Mr. Shapiro keeps you engaged even when his story falters.
Demonstrates what you miss in a relationship when you're lost in your own head, and what might not be there when you come back.
Monogamy is a tough little movie. And a good one.
| Original Score: B
Music supervisor Bernheim and DP Doug Emmett are able to choreograph the action in conjunction with the music to generate fantastic resonance in the scenes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5