Coherence Reviews

Page 1 of 2
February 13, 2015
An entertaining, if talky, slice of indie sci-fi that involves one freaky comet and eight good-looking Californians.
February 13, 2015
Clever and compelling, though never quite breaking through the sense of artifice.
February 12, 2015
It's best not to know too much more going in, but suffice it to say Byrkit's parable about choices and how they make us who we are has an eerie potency.
September 18, 2014
The larger questions Coherence asks us to consider about parallel worlds are interesting, if not exactly original, while absurdist touches help elevate it from more traditional thrillers.
July 11, 2014
At once a suspenseful mind game and a wily mash-up of surreal quantum physics theories, this low-cost thriller proves that something approaching brilliance is not just a function of budget.
July 10, 2014
James Ward Byrkit completes his journey from storyboard artist...to writer-director with this overextended but mostly enjoyable trip into the Twilight Zone.
June 30, 2014
The film's not perfect-the hand-held camerawork sometimes distracts from the unnerving mood-but it's a good, spooky mind-bender.
June 25, 2014
[The] surprises, while cleverly doled out over the film's brisk 88-minute running time, don't entirely offset the general displeasure of spending time with this particular circle of friends, lovers and old flames ...
June 20, 2014
"Coherence" is proof that inventive filmmakers can do a lot with a little.
June 20, 2014
Coherence is a gentle film, but you walk away from it with your brain on fire.
June 19, 2014
What began as a nifty puzzle feels more like a trap. It may be possible to unkink this story, but when characters and performances are as unengaging as these, it's hard to feel motivated to try.
June 19, 2014
The conceit is alluringly mind-bending without ever seeming off-puttingly brainy.
June 19, 2014
Slightly too much like an unfolding mathematical puzzle, although an ingenious one that reaches a chilling conclusion.
June 19, 2014
Gets points for both effort and entertainment value - even if viewers will be hard-pressed to find much coherence in his convoluted plot.
Top Critic
June 19, 2014
An uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects-of which there are basically none-but on heavy doses of paranoia.
June 18, 2014
Writer/director James Ward Byrkit, in his feature debut, achieves effective chills with only eight actors and a living room ...
June 18, 2014
Coherence's characters aren't especially nice, but they do feel painfully normal, with a plausibility to their actions that extends to the half-smart way they react to their situation.
June 18, 2014
[Byrkit's] premise has Buñuelian potential, but too often he settles for the shocks of a Twilight Zone episode.
June 17, 2014
The Rod Serling tension Byrkit is angling for never quite arrives, nor does any real Borgesian frisson.
June 16, 2014
An ingenious micro-budget science-fiction nerve-jangler which takes place entirely at a suburban dinner party, Coherence is a testament to the power of smart ideas and strong ensemble acting over expensive visual pyrotechnics.
Page 1 of 2