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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Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public.

Cast

Will Smith
as Dr Bennet Omalu, Dr. Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin
as Dr. Julian Bailes, Dr Julian Bailes
Albert Brooks
as Dr Cyril Wecht, Dr. Cyril Wecht
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Prema Mutiso
Stephen Moyer
as Dr Ron Hamilton, Dr. Ron Hamilton
Eddie Marsan
as Dr Steven DeKosky, Dr. Steven DeKosky
Luke Wilson
as Roger Goodell
David Morse
as Mike Webster
Matthew Willig
as Justin Strezelczyk
Paul Reiser
as Dr Elliot Pellman, Dr. Elliot Pellman
Arliss Howard
as Dr. Joseph Maroon, Dr Joseph Maroon
Mike O'Malley
as Daniel Sullivan
Hill Harper
as Spellman Jones
Elizabeth Tulloch
as Keana Strezelczyk
Richard T. Jones
as Andre Waters
Kevin Jiggets
as Agent FBI, FBI Agent
Gary Grubbs
as Agent FBI, FBI Agent
Randy Kovitz
as Deputy Mayor
L. Scott Caldwell
as Waters' Mother
Dan Ziskie
as Paul Tagliabue
Larry John Meyers
as Father D'Amico
Joni Bovill
as Mrs. Scott
Jason A. Davis
as Defense Attorney
Dan Anders
as College Coach
Joshua Elijah Reese
as Graveyard Tech
Jeb Keller
as High School Coach
Holt McCallany
as Angry Neurologist
Mike Clark
as TV Reporter (Interview)
Jackie Schafer
as TV Reporter (Webster Site)
Scott Conner
as ER Doctor
David Flick
as Hospital Security Guard
Kelley Davis
as Assistant
Alison Moir
as Colleen Bailes
Samara Lee
as Strzelczyk's Daughter
Nathan Hollabaugh
as Young Reporter
Michael Schaich
as Security Guard
Dino Rende
as Strzelczyk's Son
Hennessey Joseph
as NFL Employee
Lisa Earley
as Lodi Morgue Tech
Dihlon McManne
as Reporter at Westin
Britanni Johnson
as Rachel Green
Cindy Jackson
as Paramedic
Scott Miller
as Contractor
Antonia Long
as Piano Player
Britanni D. Johnson
as Rachel Green
Dawn Vocke
as Nurse In Bailes Office
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Critic Reviews for Concussion

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (82)

  • 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)
    Top Critic
  • 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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