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Disconnect Reviews

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
April 12, 2013
Despite some fairly decent performances, Disconnect is a film that feels both old fashioned and like old news, revealing nothing that hasn't already been suggested by some half-assed op-ed half a decade ago.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
April 26, 2013
Come on, guys: There's nothing cinematic about Googling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
April 7, 2013
Fails not so much because of its occasional self-seriousness or didacticism than it does from a scattered plot that makes the story's overriding theme or message difficult to grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Guy Lodge
September 17, 2012
Andrew Stern's overworked but oddly nonspecific script needs to be a lot savvier about contempo media culture to bear the didactic weight of its themes.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 11, 2013
This dour would-be art movie posits that social media might be alienating people from each other rather than bringing them together. (Spoiler alert: the title is a metaphor.)
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 20, 2013
There are no revelations or surprises, just newspaper editorial-style lamentations disguised as cautionary tales. I'd rather watch racism push Sandra Bullock down the stairs in Crash.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 2, 2013
By constantly weaving these tales together, Rubin takes humanity out of the equation, almost as if all these human intersections were engineered by technology, not an increasingly interrelated world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 27, 2013
This movie doesn't need a reviewer, it needs a family mediator.
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Jordan Hoffman
April 11, 2013
Not as bad as 'Crash,' but it sure as heck ain't good
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 18, 2013
It thinks it's smarter than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
April 17, 2013
Rubin overcooks his vulnerability, rendering the viewing experience frustratingly short-sheeted in the significance department, making online angst a perfect fit for a Lifetime Movie night.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 12, 2013
Soulful though the film is, melodrama gradually sneaks in, and then it takes over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 11, 2013
As is often the case with multiple, crossing story lines, results are uneven, the film's theme organic to one, cliched in another, forced in a third. Call this one 'Cyber-Crash.'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 12, 2013
There's a movie to be made, perhaps, about the way that electronic devices have created distance between us. But it'd be better if not every story revolved around a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
Tries to plug in to real emotions, but the parts are more powerful than the whole
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Rafer Guzman
April 18, 2013
Journalists lie, spouses stray and thieves steal, but "Disconnect" keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to pin the blame on technology rather than its users.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Reefer Madness with smartphones.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 10, 2013
If a movie could have facial features, 'Disconnect' would wear a furrowed brow and earnest, worried eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
June 12, 2013
There are some powerful moments, and the film remains edgy and compelling for about an hour before its interlocking structure becomes more constricting and heavy-handed.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 9, 2013
All the hand-wringing tech paranoia is merely an excuse for a microversion of Babel-like melodrama, one in which the loosely interwoven stories, regrettably, never add up to the sum of their parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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