Concussion Reviews

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October 9, 2017
Concussion is another film about actual events that would better be served by a documentary than a fictional adaptation.
March 4, 2016
The script also knows how to pull back when sentimentality threatens. The film's salutary ending shows just how it's done.
February 11, 2016
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
Smith's performance is shallow, conceited and bland.
December 29, 2015
The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting.
December 25, 2015
A melodramatic but compelling enough lab-coat drama about football players and the pathological implications of too many blows to their heads ...
December 25, 2015
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.
December 25, 2015
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.
December 24, 2015
Concussion's dramatic core is solid and its unwillingness to sugarcoat the NFL's tactics is likely to raise some eyebrows.
December 24, 2015
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.
December 24, 2015
Writer-director Peter Landesman often gets stuck in the soft stuff in between hitting the NFL hard ...
December 24, 2015
As Omalu, Smith gives an emotional performance, bolstered by capable supporting players.
December 24, 2015
The NFL is a moneymaking monster, America's game. What Concussion effectively asks us to consider is this: How many ruined lives will it take to make a change?
December 24, 2015
In the midst of an ongoing debate, Concussion takes a side, but it's not bullheaded, nor is it fearful. Like the best films of its genre, it knows veracity is the best defense.
December 24, 2015
Smith's performance, in which he resists the urge to go over the top, and the subject matter make "Concussion" an interesting movie, but not the urgent one it could have been.
December 23, 2015
Despite its faults, Smith's excellent execution and Concussion on the whole will hit home in the hearts and especially minds of the audience.
December 23, 2015
Will Smith gives an ingratiating performance as the comically egotistical but passionately idealistic doctor, and there's strong work from Alec Baldwin as a former NFL physician counseling Omalu and the ever-reliable David Morse as Webster.
December 23, 2015
Sometimes a good story is enough, and "Concussion" is one of those cases.
December 23, 2015
The film captures the essence of how an unlikely scientist forced a monumental shift in the NFL culture. "Concussion" gains just enough ground to score.
December 23, 2015
The great strength of Concussion is its star's performance.
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