About Alex Reviews

August 10, 2014
Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
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
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
Like the online medium it fitfully critiques, the movie never digs very deep.
August 7, 2014
They wonder what happened to them, how they got so serious, never stumbling on the obvious answer: YOU GREW UP, YOU DOPES.
August 7, 2014
About Alex benefits from a uniformly strong cast that does its best to find moments of truth in the banal, derivative scenario they've been handed.
August 7, 2014
Zwick clearly wanted to update "The Big Chill," but he never pushes past the concept itself.
August 6, 2014
Zwick has a good ear for dialogue, and scenes between pairs of characters are smart and intimate - a nice match for talents like Plaza and Greenfield, who are particularly fun to watch play off each other.
August 5, 2014
Dramas about relationships are built on details, and too often, the ones in About Alex feel like elements of a screenplay rather than specifics from real life.
August 4, 2014
A thoroughly enjoyable if familiar reunion dramedy.
August 4, 2014
Unambitious but amiable, it benefits from the presence of familiar talents.