Abandon Reviews

January 6, 2004
The twist ending ... becomes discernible around the midway point, but Gaghan makes up for it ...
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.
March 27, 2003
Abandon is a damn good movie.
February 8, 2003
For what I suppose must be classified as a 'teen thriller,' this film has a surprising amount of substance.
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.
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.
October 22, 2002
Once I realized that Abandon was going down a different path, I really started to admire it.
October 21, 2002
It's light on the chills and heavy on the atmospheric weirdness, and there are moments of jaw-droppingly odd behavior -- yet I found it weirdly appealing.
October 18, 2002
Difficult to peg and just as hard to predict.
October 18, 2002
A psychological thriller that doesn't thrill much and whose ending we can guess halfway through; but if you're a lover of smart dialogue and intelligent characters, you won't be disappointed.
October 18, 2002
You've convinced yourself it's a drama just before the story twists, after which the throwaway 'filler' scenes become conversation points you'll decipher on the way home.
October 18, 2002
Credit this picture with an ambitious effort to dramatize an ineffable yet recognizable mood -- even if its ambition isn't quite fulfilled.
October 18, 2002
Challenging, intermittently engrossing and unflaggingly creative. But it's too long and too convoluted and it ends in a muddle.
October 18, 2002
What begins as yet another school-set thriller gradually evolves into something more psychologically layered.
October 17, 2002
Gaghan would rather make you think than jump. You might prefer to do both, but idea-driven thrillers are in short supply, and the troubled Katie earns the right to haunt your mind.
October 17, 2002
A competently made, mildly diverting collegiate thriller.
October 17, 2002
... an otherwise intense, twist-and-turn thriller that certainly shouldn't hurt talented young Gaghan's resume.
October 15, 2002
Not terribly original but a well-made psychological thriller with fine performances.