Concussion

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Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.

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While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

Cast & Crew

Will Smith
Dr. Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin
Dr. Julian Bailes
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Prema Mutiso
Arliss Howard
Dr. Joseph Maroon
Paul Reiser
Dr. Elliot Pellman
Luke Wilson
Roger Goodell
David Morse
Mike Webster
Matthew Willig
Justin Strzelczyk
Albert Brooks
Dr. Cyril Wecht
Peter Landesman
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Michael Schaefer
Executive Producer
David Crockett
Executive Producer
Ben Waisbren
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Critic Reviews for Concussion

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (83)

  • The script also knows how to pull back when sentimentality threatens. The film's salutary ending shows just how it's done.

    March 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Concussion takes a serious subject - brain damage caused to professional American football players, and the collusion of the medical establishment in covering it up - and renders it in full-bore, crashing-bore, Oscar-courting prestige drama mode.

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The suspicion lingers that this story might have been better told in a documentary than in a dramatic feature. The film also pulls its punches at times.

    February 11, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Smith takes on Omalu's Nigerian accent and too-perfect grammar with confidence, as this man with eight university degrees and an iron respect for science finds his research being crushed by the dollar-rolling might of the NFL machine -- and even the FBI.

    February 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Smith's performance is shallow, conceited and bland.

    February 11, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting.

    December 29, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Concussion

  • Sep 19, 2019
    CTE is an interesting discovery and if you use this film to jump to the next medium, you'll find so much more. Strong film and sadly a little too safe considering the subject. The film needed to avoid the NFL and actually create a path that showcases the true neglection by a mega corporation. Solid cast and a great change of pace for Will Smith. The conventional storytelling device is a little overbearing at times, but I suspect the studio had a heavy hand in the film due to the subject. This lacks depth, but covering the central character, it does more than okay. 14/09/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2016
    In choosing to focus more on the man than the story, the film runs out of gas by the halfway mark.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2016
    A solid performance from Smith with an exploitative look on a recurring problem. Concussion is a splendid and structured story that hits its dramatic strides even with the cautious take. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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