Complete Unknown Reviews

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September 5, 2020
A quietly intelligent beast of a film.
February 3, 2020
A low-key film that's sharper than your average drama, Complete Unknown is likely to get lost in the multiplex shuffle if you don't look for it. Look for it. It's worth the trouble.
July 9, 2019
The film becomes an effective exploration of the transformative nature of art and creation.
February 18, 2019
A boring thriller that wastes the presence of fine actors and a very promising premise. [Full review in Spanish].
December 10, 2018
The central theme of recreation wanders about in its own duplicity, without fully satisfying or discovering its own identity.
November 13, 2018
This movie had the potential to be great, but instead it took its title literally and left the audience feeling completely unknown to the purpose...
November 5, 2018
Like a meteor, Complete Unknown shines bright early on but fizzles out when its evolving tone takes one too many left turns.
November 1, 2018
This modestly budgeted indie probably wouldn't work as well as it does if not for its two lead performances from Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz.
August 28, 2018
A lot of what makes the film watchable in spite of some truly annoying, highfalutin quirks are the performances from Weisz and Shannon.
September 22, 2017
If it's lightweight, it's certainly heartfelt, and gives any number of famous folk the chance to speak well of the real man as well as the fictional half-alien.
September 12, 2017
It is an intimate high-wire act, completely open to interpretation, but with Weisz and Shannon as our guides, Complete Unknown doesn't leave us stranded alone.
September 11, 2017
[Director Joshua Marston] sets us up for a complex drama, but only delivers a prologue.
August 28, 2017
Complete Unknown offers a bit of difference to a late summer scene, not a beach film nor a blockbuster.
August 21, 2017
The film (directed by Joshua Marston, creator of the heart-wrenching Maria Full of Grace) is distastefully quirky and takes itself far too seriously, but it's fun to watch because liars are fascinating.
March 16, 2017
In its latter half the film... gradually runs out of ideas, and out of steam.
January 1, 2017
This is a story that pretends to have a lot more on its mind than it really does.
October 18, 2016
An irregular film in terms of rhythm and gender balance but is still an excellent work thanks to its main characters. [Full review in Spanish]
October 14, 2016
Complete Unknown could play out as a gripping mystery or tidy thriller. Instead, the screenplay from Julian Sheppard and director Joshua Marston unfurls as a sedate drawing-room drama.
October 14, 2016
Complete Unknown may end with a sigh rather than a bang, but it's a sigh you'll still be thinking about days later.
October 14, 2016
Complete Unknown is the perfect case study of what happens when bad movies rope in good actors.
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