Complete Unknown Reviews

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March 16, 2017
In its latter half the film... gradually runs out of ideas, and out of steam.
October 14, 2016
Complete Unknown is the perfect case study of what happens when bad movies rope in good actors.
September 8, 2016
Writer-director Joshua Marston gives Shannon a chance to shine as a character more pedestrian than the ones he usually plays, though the story is a little too thesis driven to build any dramatic momentum.
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.
September 2, 2016
Shannon is usually playing human question marks in the movies, so it's a twist here to see him playing the "normal" guy, except Shannon is too unconventional an actor to play anything in the normal range.
September 2, 2016
The movie brushes up against far-fetched soap-opera scenarios. The ending isn't altogether satisfying. Yet Weisz, playful and seductive, utterly confident, disarmingly vulnerable, delivers a performance that makes you forget all that.
September 1, 2016
Director and co-writer Joshua Marston likes to let his scenes run long; occasionally, this proves engaging (a dinner party that goes from gregarious to curious to awkward to unpleasant), but more often (an extended frog montage), it just proves long.
September 1, 2016
The film comes across as an irksome contrivance. What's meant to communicate the mysterious, even taboo allure of playing chameleon instead just leaves us scoffing.
September 1, 2016
Even if it's not quite as thrilling as it first seems, "Complete Unknown" poses questions that practically beg for animated conversation ...
September 1, 2016
Much is promised and too little is delivered.
Top Critic
September 1, 2016
Slick and wonderful to look at but too slight to hold its own weight and too inconsequential to generate much suspense.
September 1, 2016
The film is never less than interesting. But this story of a cipher, ultimately, is a cipher itself.
September 1, 2016
An intriguing entertainment that's invigorated by smart filmmaking and potent acting by the virtuosic Weisz and her fine costar, Michael Shannon.
August 26, 2016
The movie does pretty well as a treatment of identity and selfhood, but it somehow fails to wholly satisfy.
August 25, 2016
"Complete Unknown" is a curious hybrid, teetering between a thriller and a romance only to land in a nebulous spot that is neither.
Top Critic
August 25, 2016
Like Alice, the film seems to be making itself up as it goes along, which would be fine with a less expository script than the one Marston wrote with Julian Sheppard, and with fewer showy gestures at the surreal.
August 25, 2016
Complete Unknown is perhaps most titillating when it quietly observes moments between its central duo, two long-lost lovers hurling nearly two decades' worth of unresolved pain at each other over the course of a single evening.
August 24, 2016
It's more than a little ironic that a film called Complete Unknown will leave you scratching your head about what you just watched.
August 24, 2016
Ultimately a Hitchcock-inspired thriller without too many real thrills.
August 24, 2016
Marston, whose previous two features looked like fairly standard no-budget indie fare, has made a huge leap forward here as a director.
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