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A suicide victim has been discovered in the bathroom of Adelaide High School at precisely 2:37 p.m., and now time is about to shift back to the morning of this strange tragedy to show just how any of six potential victims could have fallen victim to that overwhelming ennui in director Murali K. Thalluri's quietly desperate drama. Life as a teenager is far from easy in the new millennium, and sometimes the comforts of modern society can inadvertently lead to isolation. A series of dark secrets are about to emerge from the hallways of Adelaide High, from the struggles of an unwanted pregnancy to the all-consuming inner turmoil of an outwardly confident athlete, the daily trials faced by an abused outcast, the social pressures that pile onto a girl with an eating disorder, the pressures placed upon a "straight 'A'" student, and the drug-addled efforts of a desperate teen to elude his inner-demons, it seems like any number of students could have made that unfortunate, and irreversibly permanent, decision.


Critic Reviews for 2:37

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (5)

  • A self-consciously directed, socially conscious film, 2:37 is too forcefully plotted to ever engage a sympathetic viewing.

    May 18, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A superficial movie about the horrors of living on the surface.

    May 18, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film flows naturally around its central contrivance, employing unforced performances by unprofessional actors and a visual style that uses available light to pull you into the worlds these students inhabit.

    Oct 4, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A queasy exploitation picture masquerading as a serious dramatic treatment.

    May 27, 2006

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic
  • Un exercice tout à fait valable face auquel la réception aurait été assurément plus clémente si Murali K. Thalluri s'était exprimé en utilisant ses propres cordes vocales.

    Jun 3, 2007 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • opting almost frame-by-frame Gus Van Sant's technique on "Elephant", Australian director Murali K. Tharulli is shamefully exploitive in the manner in which he conveys teenage angst in "2:37".

    May 29, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 2:37

  • Feb 20, 2011
    Not amazing, but an honest look at the sometimes hellish reality for some students. The only thing is, some of the characters we feel bad for and connect with and some we do not. The cool thing about this movie is that some of the characters would relate more to other people based on their own personal experiences and some do not, but for someone else watching the movie, they might find the characters you didn't connect with the most relative to themselves. However, it seemed like a they had too many things going on and they were almost exploitive about the problems and trying to show as many problems as possible instead of having a couple problems to deal with and focus on. The ending hits you like a thunderbolt and really gets it's message across with a hammered fist. But for the rest of the movie, it was good, but not as great as it could have been. I understand that the problems these students are going through are supposed to be some kind of mist or distraction from the student that the film ends with. But that is kinda of the point of what happens when someone is ignored by everyone. I thought that aspect was smart, but I still felt that some of the story lines could have been looked at a bit more. Overall, a good but not great movie.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    A very predictable story and what a crap copy of "Elephant" (shooting style and script development). <br> <br>
    Rubia Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2009
    2:37 starts with blood coming from under a door and the implication that somebody is injured. The film then takes place over one school day leading up to the events of the beginning. As we see the lives of many students it becomes apparent they all have a reason to hurt themselves or each other. Pregnancy, incest, homosexuality, wetting yourself, all come into play as the motives. Like Elephant we see the same events from different perspectives and it's all kept relatively insular. The performances are great, but it also seems melodramatic as everybody has a problem. It soon becomes a bit obvious that it's the ones that don't speak up that have the real problems. It's a film about being selfish and not noticing the lives and problems of those around you.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2009
    Literally just finished watching this, and Im still crying. Riveting film. It really makes you realise the true reality that in real life its not always the obviously trouble person whom bad things will happen to. Everyone has problems and everyone deals with them differently. We can get so overwhelmed by our lifes that we forget the fact that everyone else is going through issues to. This movie was very real and has a great message behind it. Well acted and made. Definitely worth watching, it opens our eyes to something that we tend to forget.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer

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