Generation Um... Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
While Reeves brings more depth to his character than the script warrants, the film overall lacks compelling characters and winds up depressing instead of profound.
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 7, 2013
A single, plotless day in New York in the company of Keanu Reeves feels like a life sentence.
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2013
Neither the film, nor the film within the film, hold our attention. Bummer, Keanu.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 3, 2013
Director Mark L. Mann seems to be searching for the meaning in aimlessness, and in lowered expectations. But too often the narrative left me feeling the titular "um."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2013
Meandering and affected, this tedious character study is as aimless as the lives it depicts.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 2, 2013
A slapped-together sub-mumblecore exercise that at times suggests a feature-length expansion of 2010′s "Sad Keanu" meme
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 2, 2013
What does it add up to? Um ... I have no idea and don't really care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
"Um" winds up as empty as its mean streets are phony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Film Racket
May 2, 2013
The point of the movie seems to be: like, inarticulation, or something?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
May 2, 2013
It's a patience-tester, salvaged only a smidge by Reeves's uncanny ability to remain perfectly still while his co-stars strap on acting school rocket packs and pinball around the frame.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Sam Adams
Time Out
April 30, 2013
Generation Um... devolves into a heap of sub-American Beauty profundities and strained confessionals ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
Reeves is front and center in a thinly sketched narrative anchored by little other than his presence ...
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2013
The levels of insight provided into the characters are exactly commensurate with any conceivable viewer's interest in learning more about these nonentities.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 26, 2013
a bafflingly irreverent, meandering character study that resurrects Reeves' trademark inscrutable delivery, providing the actor with his most characteristic performance in years. But that's not quite enough to salvage the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered
April 22, 2013
Despite strong performances from Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic and Adelaide Clemens, Generation Um... doesn't give us enough of a story to keep us fully invested throughout its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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