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In Our Nature Reviews

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Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
December 14, 2012
It's like an average weekend: nice enough, but tepid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
December 10, 2012
The movie earns high grades for allowing four strong actors to work their way through some basic but interesting obstacles that must of us can relate to in one way or another.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 6, 2012
The confessions and conflicts that bubble up feel real and lived, if overly familiar to connoisseurs of that dreaded genre known as the dysfunctional-family drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
December 6, 2012
Brian Savelson generally eschews emotional fireworks to create this small and intimate study of how difficult it is to repair broken relationships while trying to preserve those that look promising.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 6, 2012
Beautifully observed characterizations and fine performances enliven this sometimes static drama about an unexpected family reunion.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 4, 2012
A drama filled with the same kind of emotional fireworks that animate the gripping familial interactions in works by Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.8/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
November 30, 2012
Yes, the pacing of In Our Nature is slow, and drags near the film's halfway point, but the top-notch ensemble propels the film forward, adding complexity to the characters while leaving the over-the-top melodrama for Lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Erik Childress
November 29, 2012
Like Carnage it gets off to a rocky start in keeping all its protagonists from leaving the movie. But if you can make it past that - and John Slattery helps a bunch - Brian Savelson's film settles into a nicely mature story about airing grievances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist
March 16, 2012
"In Our Nature" is as prophetic as it is provocative, exploring dysfunction, in a recognizable but no less satisfying way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
December 13, 2012
The characters in this family drama are not given enough backstory or nuance to make their problems feel real, and none of the characters warrants much interest or compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jordan Hoffman
December 11, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 7, 2012
Plays distressingly like a photographed off-Broadway drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
December 7, 2012
In Our Nature's visual style seems plastered on or allocated, not developed with any sort of authorial singularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 6, 2012
This could be renamed "Mope-Faced Kingdom."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 6, 2012
In Our Nature lumbers a lot, especially early on, as Savelson introduces the cast and has Gilford and Slattery keep coming up with weak excuses to stall the movie's premise from kicking in.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
December 4, 2012
During their "getting to know you" scene, Seth asks Vicky, "Is everybody that predictable?" As far as In Our Nature goes, it would seem so.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 4, 2012
Savelson can't seem to mount a head of steam, and his chamber piece feels underdeveloped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
March 31, 2012
Savelson's approach feels old-fashioned and perhaps even a little stodgy.
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