Critic Consensus: Demolition benefits from a stellar cast, even if their solid work isn't always enough to prop up a confused story that aims for profundity but too often settles for clichés.
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Critic Reviews for Demolition
There's a beauty in the breakdown, and it's amongst the rubble that Davis finds himself living, rather than enduring, his life.
There is much to savor here, especially the unforced performance of Judah Lewis -- one more recruit to the terrific roster of younger actors who are streaming into the movies. Yet the film lacks the courage of its affliction.
Thank god for Jake Gyllenhaal. Absent his performance, Demolition would have been a more unbearable slog than it is.
Director Jean-Marc Vallée doesn't seem to mind when his movies become sun-dappled insta-redemption stories so long as there's a bravura central turn holding it all down.
The best I can say is that it's another tour de force for Gyllenhaal, although his intensity isn't matched by the movie itself.
Audience Reviews for Demolition
A harrowing and complex guide to how the mind copes with trauma. The story goes through the motions of loss and finding yourself in a slowly paced and painfully uneventful series of events. Ultimately it fails to deliver any real compelling narrative.
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Despite Gyllenhaal's praiseworthy performance, this is an unremarkable film that will hardly be remembered in the future as one of Vallée's finest works. Full review on filmotrope. com
|Davis Mitchell:||There was love between me and Julia. I just didn't take care of it.|
|Davis Mitchell:||We're taking apart my marriage.|
|Davis Mitchell:||I get up every morning at five thirty. I never thought I'd be one of those people that have a brief case. We handle quite a bit of money. I don't want to say how much as it would be inappropriate. OK, it's six billion.|