Orser, to his credit, never resorts to psychobabble, cheap sentiment or emotional shortcuts.
| Original Score: 3/4
Leland Orser makes a raw, soul-searching feature debut as writer, director and star in "Morning." He plays the devastated father opposite his real-life wife, Jeanne Tripplehorn.
| Original Score: 4/5
One of the more harrowing explorations of grief ever brought to the screen. By the end of its 95 minutes, only a faint ray of light has penetrated the gloom.
| Original Score: 3/5
Though mourning is a part of the human cycle, Morning is not an easy film to watch -- save for the great acting by the entire cast.
| Original Score: 7.3/10
Mr. Orser is a director worth watching. His work behind the camera-as well as in front of it-is clean and direct, unsentimental almost to the point of austerity.
Too much of the same emotion and too little back-story doom this movie to tedium.
| Original Score: 6/10
An initially intriguing but ultimately exhausting tale of grieving parents left quite literally dazed and confused in the wake of their young son's death.
It often seems like an acting workshop: Behave as if you are the parent of a dead child.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's a difficult sit, and not nearly as moving as it should be, with its central idea of lost communication buried under layers of artificiality, damming the mournful flow.
| Original Score: C
The effort here counts for something, but the emotions may be just too much.
| Original Score: 2/5
As an exercise in grief, Orser's drama is affecting, exhausting and something of a shortcut ...