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.
December 10, 2018
The central theme of recreation wanders about in its own duplicity, without fully satisfying or discovering its own identity.
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.
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 may end with a sigh rather than a bang, but it's a sigh you'll still be thinking about days later.
September 29, 2016
In the hands of actors this studied and sure, the gamut of conflicting and burrowed emotions is displayed with elegant reserve. It would be a shame if the film went the way of its title.
September 22, 2016
You can't attempt this type of actor's exercise with just anyone.
September 19, 2016
It might be better as a conversation-starter than as cinema, but the film's astute central performances elevate it.
September 15, 2016
Weisz is fantastic as a woman who slips effortlessly into different personas, and even when the story turns more mundane, she keeps Alice alluring and mischievous.
September 14, 2016
It's a modest tale about the roles we play, told in an unusual fashion. There are rewards to be had here, if you're willing to meet the filmmaker halfway.
September 9, 2016
Thoughtful, mature drama about how adults form identity.
September 8, 2016
Despite its flaws, "Complete Unknown" raises provocative questions about the nature of identity and whether it's more a comfort or a trap.
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