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Abandon Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 2, 2010
It really is almost impressive how bad this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A dull, pretentious, and godly dreary pseudo-thriller...
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2009
A flimsy and tedious thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 4, 2007
The film's final twist is admittedly quite effective, though it doesn't even remotely justify the interminable build-up leading into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
Might have been titled Fatal Attraction -- The College Years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 21, 2004
Lacked an emotionally endearing story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
The twist ending ... becomes discernible around the midway point, but Gaghan makes up for it ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 16, 2003
O ritmo lento e o final previsível (e absurdo) comprometem o filme irremediavelmente.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
In the end, the film is less the cheap thriller you'd expect than it is a fairly revealing study of its two main characters - damaged-goods people whose orbits will inevitably and dangerously collide.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
March 27, 2003
Abandon is a damn good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 21, 2003
Nothing is more frustrating than a movie that banks on a twist ending that it telegraphs 30 minutes before climax.
| Original Score: C
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
For what I suppose must be classified as a 'teen thriller,' this film has a surprising amount of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 8, 2003
Meandering and glacially paced, and often just plain dull.
Jeremy Heilman
December 18, 2002
[Its] failure becomes most obvious in retrospect, when the realization dawns that the most affecting, inventive, and honest moments of the film were those that hewed most closely to the original text.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
November 24, 2002
Don't bother seeing Abandon. Within half an hour of sitting down, you'll want to perpetrate the nominal act on the theatre itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
October 28, 2002
Easily the most manipulative thriller since Brian De Palma retired to a career of spectacular irrelevance. That's why it's so effective - and fiendishly satisfying.
| Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
October 27, 2002
More often than not, the film lapses into basic thriller tricks.
Clint Morris
October 26, 2002
Stephen Gaghan's "Abandon" might be perhaps the most substandard, unanimously mind-numbing feature of the year. It's characters - boring, it's storyline - non-existent, and it's performances - trite
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 25, 2002
It's a bad sign in a thriller when you instantly know whodunit.
| Original Score: 1/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 25, 2002
[Gaghan] successfully illustrates that if a filmmaker is capable and intelligent -- and assumes that his audience is the same -- he can transcend the limitations of even so lowly a genre.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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