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Critic Reviews for Comet
Just when you think you're about to fall for this fuzzy sci-fi romance, it disappears into its own navel.
Justin Long is a fine actor, but you have to like him a lot to get through "Comet," Sam Esmail's trippy, overly mannered romance.
Watching a not-very-interesting couple break up is one thing; watching them break up and get back together numerous times in different universes and dimensions is, well ... to paraphrase "Jaws," I'm going to need a bigger popcorn bag.
Its conceits ... get in the way of its characters, making it feel fussy and convoluted when it aims for something more simple and elegant.
Yes, some of it is overwritten and a bit too clever for its own good, but more often it's an engaging character piece.
Audience Reviews for Comet
Justin Long and Emmy Rossum try very hard to sell Comet's zippy, phony script and misguided conceit, however, if the film is somewhat poignant in its depiction of modern relationships, it is also thin and overwrought, never feeling quite real enough to believe. Rating: 51
"This is not a dream." Or is it? Comet is a remarkably compelling existential film that explores the nature of love, art, and dreams. Set in a parallel universe and told nonlinearly, the film follows a couple throughout various points in their relationship. At first it can be kind of a mindtrip trying to figure out what's going on, but after a while things start to click. Emmy Rossum and Justin Long give excellent performances, and the directing style is quite interesting; particularly in how it transitions between time periods. Also, the writing is really clever, with witty dialog that's surprisingly deep at times. Wonderfully enchanting, Comet is an incredibly passionate and artistic film.
Well made and interesting movie, but can't say I loved it. The female lead I found grating and downright harsh to look at and Justin Long, though I don't mind him, looks rough too. His stoner guy character wasn't someone you would overly feel for, which is fine, since I couldn't stand her either, but you know, bit of a problem when a movie is a romantic drama and you don't care about the couple. The ending was just fine for me, but I did feel like I wasted my time and 99c renting this.
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