About Alex Reviews

August 30, 2019
Though it may be reminiscent of too many greater or similar films, About Alex at least does what it does well, and there's enough passion in the proceedings to reel you in to the final frames.
August 17, 2016
Most of the characters are superficial and underdeveloped, while the film itself is filled with predictable scenarios. Strong performances by the cast elevate the material, but it's simply not enough.
March 26, 2016
Perhaps we can view this in 30 years as a lightweight text mirroring some of Occupy Wall Street, and perhaps the rise of Elizabeth Warren, although I'm quite sure it will be forgotten about well before then.
July 14, 2015
Nice to meet you, Truthteller. Meet your fellow stereotypes...
September 15, 2014
A riff on the 1983 classic The Big Chill, this ensemble drama's reunion of old friends differs because Alex's suicide fails this time.
August 14, 2014
Ultimately, the portrayals in About Alex are all caricatures that don't really ring true.
August 10, 2014
Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
August 8, 2014
The whole movie feels like sitting through a monologue read by over-privileged millennials reading pages from their pubescent diary, sharing shallow revelations about crushes and car envy.
Top Critic
August 8, 2014
The intelligence and unhackneyed humor of the believable, unself-conscious screenplay by fledgling director Mr. Zwick (son of veteran director Edward Zwick) deserves special praise. It never hits a false note.
August 8, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by much of "About Alex," a film that features a stronger-than-average ensemble for this subgenre even if it too often succumbs to predictable, traditional turns of Screenwriting 101.
August 8, 2014
The chronicle of a less self-absorbed generation, it's less annoying than The Big Chill but also less funny.
August 7, 2014
About Alex is familiar inside and out, but that doesn't make it any less true. Just the opposite.
August 7, 2014
Doomed to go unnoticed by a generation that can't be bothered with movies so representationally about itself, a generation that's already too self-aware in a literal manner.
August 7, 2014
Only Plaza's performance as the troubled Sarah comes close to creating a three-dimensional character.
August 7, 2014
The insight that social media fosters false intimacy is old news. The film shows only a half-formed sense of how careers have changed in 30 years.
August 7, 2014
The movie stalls in a limbo of half-realized characters and superficial weightiness.
August 7, 2014
About Alex still has sufficient charm, wit and occasional wisdom to make it worthwhile. Just don't expect another Big Chill.
August 7, 2014
Taste, talent and lineage only go so far when nearly every line feels like it's from a script, not life. There's not a single surprise in this 96 minutes of millennial moaning.
August 7, 2014
It's extremely easy to forgive an imperfect movie for its flaws when, like About Alex, it showcases a big, beating heart that is clearly in the right place.
August 7, 2014
Like the online medium it fitfully critiques, the movie never digs very deep.