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Breathe In Reviews

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Beth Hanna
Thompson on Hollywood
March 25, 2014
The film boasts a solid visual style and strong performances to at first ignore the inevitable - and boring - other plot contrivances clearly at work. But they set in, alas.
Ty Landis
Movie Mezzanine
March 28, 2014
Jones and Pearce do the best they can with the hackneyed material, but even they aren't immune to this painfully slight and remarkably forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: D
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
March 24, 2014
Seemingly high-brow because it's so low-key, but underneath that veneer is an inert, thinly plotted melodrama premised on trite characterizations that would be offensive if they weren't so absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kristy Puchko
CinemaBlend.com
April 1, 2014
Enough with the dramas about frustrated older men seeking a second chance at life and love through a barely legal girl. Please.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
March 27, 2014
Dull, dumb and devoid of any passion, Breathe In is an unconvincing romance that squanders its talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Philip Maughan
New Statesman
July 25, 2013
The film, for all its Lolita-esque potential, is remarkably chaste. The pair's magnetism is driven less by lust than the will to escape everything they see as holding them back. It is never exactly clear who is leading and who is being led.
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Jim Brunzell III
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2014
Falters with a bland and predictable emotional connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
March 25, 2014
Not that May-December romances can't be compelling, but it's hard to root for a guy in his forties to find the courage to make time with a barely legal girl, no matter how dissatisfied he is with his life.
Hannah McGill
The List
June 20, 2013
On the whole the film's sourness feels sophomoric - the attempt of a young director overly affected by American Beauty and The Ice Storm to seem worldly-wise ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Nordine
Film Threat
January 22, 2013
It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment at which Breathe In falls apart, mostly because hindsight reveals it was probably doomed all along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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March 27, 2014
There's low-key, and then there's limp.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jonathan Meville
Scotsman
June 24, 2013
A drably predictable effort which peters out with a whimper rather than a bang ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 3, 2014
The film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 18, 2013
The whole thing unspools at such an unremittingly earnest pitch that it leaves you groping under your seat for a ventilator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
March 27, 2014
Breathe In is all simmer, no boil, despite an abrupt, overwrought, agonizing emotional climax that's too much, too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 27, 2014
The choices and heartache all unfold exactly as everyone knows they will, with choice delivered as a luxury that committed adults don't always have. You don't say!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 24, 2013
Dear Penthouse Forum: I am an ordinary high school teacher, happily married. I never thought anything like this would happen when we hosted a beautiful, brilliant British foreign exchange student...
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 21, 2014
Jones, outstanding as the other woman in Fiennes's "The Invisible Woman," seems adrift here and Ryan's Megan projects no desires past maintaining the status quo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2014
There's something flimsy and unformed at these characters' cores, something that no amount of jumpy close-ups, skittering sideways glances, and rainy music can make up for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 27, 2014
It's a maddening mix of realistic characters, fine performances, ponderous pacing and oppressive mood lighting, none of which serve to cover up one central, glaring problem: a romance that never feels real.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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