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Breathe In Reviews

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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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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
April 4, 2014
Buoyed by some nicely nuanced performances (especially by Pearce and Amy Ryan as his dream-dashing wife), Breathe In never quite rises above its predictable potboiler premise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2014
Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 3, 2014
A breathy tale of a not-quite love affair, Drake Doremus' "Breathe In" is yet another skillfully acted indie drama that's never quite good enough to be memorable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
April 3, 2014
The superb acting can't turn narrative lead into gold with this story about the attraction of a foreign-exchange student pianist to her married host and teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
April 3, 2014
Although Jones and Pearce are interesting when onscreen alone, their chemistry is slightly off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 28, 2014
Doremus' beautifully shot, naturalistic style means there are no soap-opera hysterics, and he gets strong performances from all involved...But it's hard to get over the fact that Jones, who was born in 1983, is far too old to play a high school student.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 28, 2014
Felicity Jones, who is actually 30, makes Sophie both irresistible and real, a somewhat open book of wonder and innate wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 28, 2014
Despite its title's implied urge to relax, refresh, recharge, "Breathe In" remains just a little too calm - and ultimately airless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 27, 2014
"Breathe In" is a good enough movie that you wish the screenplay had further fleshed out its characters and relationships and emerged as more than a skillful sketch.
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2014
This indie drama by Drake Doremus impressed me with the amount of mileage it gets from the simple premise without the affair even being consummated.
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March 27, 2014
There's low-key, and then there's limp.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 27, 2014
Sometimes, when it comes to getting across specific themes or ideas, creating a mood can do even more than developing a story or writing dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 27, 2014
The May-December romance is an overworked genre, but steady hands guide this one with intelligence to a sad but satisfactory conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 26, 2014
Top performances by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones ... make the film emotionally rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
July 16, 2013
What swings it are irresistible performances from Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 28, 2013
Director Drake Doremus confirms his knack for pinpointing subtle emotional tremors on fragile personal landscapes, even if some too-easy coincidences and pat dramatic moments chip away at the compressed story's credibility.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 22, 2013
While the plot -- too low-key to be called a thriller -- points toward obvious extramarital cliches, delicate changes in the overall mood reveal deeper truths likely to resonate with middle-aged arthouse patrons.