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Concussion (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language)
Genre:
Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$23,268,108.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Will Smith
as Dr. Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin
as Dr. Julian Bailes
Albert Brooks
as Dr. Cyril Wecht
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Prema Mutiso
Stephen Moyer
as Dr. Ron Hamilton
Eddie Marsan
as Dr. Steven DeKosky
Luke Wilson
as Roger Goodell
David Morse
as Mike Webster
Matthew J. Willig
as Justin Strezelczyk
Paul Reiser
as Dr. Elliot Pellman
Arliss Howard
as 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
Sara Lindsey
as Gracie
Kevin Jiggets
as FBI Agent
Gary Grubbs
as 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
Cindy Jackson
as Paramedic
Britanni Johnson
as Rachel Green
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 (177) | Top Critics (34)

The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A melodramatic but compelling enough lab-coat drama about football players and the pathological implications of too many blows to their heads ...

Full Review… | December 25, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Just in time for the NFL playoffs, here comes "Concussion," a movie that will hopefully give many serious pause about our nation's most popular sport.

Full Review… | December 25, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

While "Concussion" has some fine things going for it, notably science and Will Smith, it lacks the exciting, committed filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic.

Full Review… | December 25, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Concussion's dramatic core is solid and its unwillingness to sugarcoat the NFL's tactics is likely to raise some eyebrows.

Full Review… | December 24, 2015
ReelViews
Top Critic

Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective.

Full Review… | December 24, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Concussion

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 Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Dr. Bennet Omalu exposes the epidemic of CTE among football players, resisting the NFL's formidable influence. Director Peter Landesman's film is stuck halfway between two common docudrama pitfalls: it's half-profile, half-story. If the story is about Omalu's fight with the NFL, then much of the first act is unnecessary, and with all due respect to Omalu himself, his character is not interesting enough (as portrayed in the film) to satisfy a two-hour film exploring his depths, especially considering that his patriotism comes off as optimism too doe-eyed to be compelling. Nevertheless, Wil Smith acts really hard, but he occasionally relaxes enough to be good. Overall, it's good that Concussion got made so CTE gets the attention it deserves, but it's still a flawed film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

A doctor has a little bit of a problem getting the NFL to admit that American football is dangerous to the participants. It nearly reads like a comic parody written out plain like that and yet that is exactly what happened (Duhhh, its still happening). That the doctor is an immigrant is an interesting side story in this, and the star very nearly visibly nods towards the Oscar nomination in practically every scene. But the work could use some teeth. Or an actual headbutt. Anything to kick start this thing into some semblance of vitality.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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