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Concussion Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
May 15, 2014
A stellar lead turn by Robin Weigert isn't enough to save this staid story of a lesbian call-girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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October 3, 2013
The viewer is presented with a series of caustic, vignette-like scenes which tease bigger themes but end before they can tackle them ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Siobhan Synnot
May 11, 2014
Tepid and contrived, this is really House & Garden porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 23, 2014
Perhaps aimed to be a combination of Desperate Housewives and Belle de Jour, with a lesbian twist, Concussion turns out to be surprisingly bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
May 13, 2014
Satisfaction is fleeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 3, 2013
Ms. Passon ultimately seems to skirt some of the larger life questions hinted at along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2013
This might sound, at the very least, titillating, but "Concussion" is anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 4, 2013
For all that could be said of why this character chooses this path - of what this says, or she thinks it says, about control, or submission, or transgressiveness - the movie says nothing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 5, 2013
Unfortunately, Passon can't seem to figure out her own protagonist; there are plenty of sexual climaxes here but not much of a narrative one.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
Quickly devolves into a series of unconvincing scenes in service to an outlandish premise.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 1, 2013
The ambitions of writer-director Stacie Passon's plot feel too tame, revving up to a scene of shame rather than radical revision. The Kids Are All Right pushed similar material to more affecting ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
May 16, 2014
Stacie Passon's drama is like Luis Bu˝uel's Belle de Jour without much of the humour or surrealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rob Nelson
September 18, 2013
Shot as if they were ads for high-thread-count bed sheets, the pic's talky afternoon delights remain more flowery than erotic.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 14, 2013
It's on the dull side, despite a fair amount of tasteful, non-explicit sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
Weigert is one of America's most overlooked actresses, and this is a tremendous showcase for her talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Baker
October 17, 2013
It's all beautifully photographed in medium depth and edited in a way that's both erotic and shallow, and would be nothing more than a Lifetime movie without a knockout performance by Robin Weigert as Abby.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dominic Mill
We Got This Covered
April 3, 2014
Concussion is well acted, well written and genuinely entertaining, but I just wish that it had rung a little less hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Danny King
Paste Magazine
October 3, 2013
Weigert is the film's constant saving grace, her fast wit and enormous range suggesting that Abby is aware of the irrationality of her situation -- and yet, no matter what, remains hell-bent on seeing it through to the bitter end.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.4/10
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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
The ending's a vague cop-out, but the movie is much smarter and more nuanced than the late-night-Cinemax setup suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sheila O'Malley
October 4, 2013
Takes this well-worn storyline and makes something unique out of it, something fresh and bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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