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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Return is a commendable, genuine, and simple drama that effectively highlights the intrinsic trauma soldiers face when trying to come to terms with the reality of life back home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 29, 2012
Skipping the usual flashbacks-and-cold-sweats cliches, Return has an understated power, even if the story traverses pretty well-trodden ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 7, 2012
This is a quiet, honourable, carefully paced little independent movie, like a Sundance Institute coda to The Deer Hunter.
Phil Hoad
Guardian
April 5, 2012
Cardellini holds the restless centre of Liza Johnson's patient, precise drama, which brims with quiet disaffection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 5, 2012
A debut of sober distinction, carried by the seriously good Linda Cardellini as a US Army supply worker whose readjustment to Rust Belt domesticity is touch and go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clare Conway
Little White Lies
April 5, 2012
As hounourable as its intentions are, the feeling of been there, done that pervades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 5, 2012
Johnson's narrative control is as assured as her visual sense. She skilfully captures the dead-end decency that compounds the servicewoman's mix of trauma and frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 4, 2012
Michael Shannon steals the film - when does he not? - as the loving, frustrated husband whose fuse is burning short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 4, 2012
There's no glib emotional grandstanding with the cast - particularly the excellent Cardellini - unshowily inhabiting their roles and underlining the assertion that it really could happen to anybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 4, 2012
Impressively directed, sharply observed and emotionally engaging drama with a terrific central performance from Linda Cardellini.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
April 3, 2012
It's a focused, unshowy character study, light on fireworks but full of authentic drama and featuring an impressive lead performance from former ER actress Linda Cardellini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
March 26, 2012
This is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
March 23, 2012
A striking, humane, low-fi coming-home drama whose very title has a relaxed connotation that the movie robustly embodies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2012
It's a well-made but grim psychological melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 29, 2012
Unique for how normal it is, and laudable for its humbleness.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 16, 2012
It's the brief glimpses of unsettling ordinariness -- ho-hum drug dependency, the joy of scoring a good plumbing job, the downsizing of a factory to two lone, lonely figures -- that gives Return its real punch
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 16, 2012
Cardellini's lovely performance is so vividly expressive in its soulful, anguished stillness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 15, 2012
Liza Johnson's feature film debut tackles a tough subject and comes through with a passing grade. There will be more from her in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 13, 2012
This quiet, naturalistic film has a classical arc and a lingering sting.
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