Indignation (2016)


Critic Consensus: Indignation proves it's possible to put together an engaging Philip Roth adaptation -- and offers a compelling calling card for debuting writer-director James Schamus.


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Based on Philip Roth's late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college's imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family's best laid plans to the ultimate test.

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Sarah Gadon
as Olivia Hutton
Tracy Letts
as Dean Caudwell
Danny Burstein
as Max Messner
Ben Rosenfield (II)
as Bertram Flusser
Pico Alexander
as Sonny Cottler
Philip Ettinger
as Ron Foxman
Noah Robbins
as Marty Ziegler
Doris McCarthy
as Church Volunteer
Joanne Baron
as Mrs. Greenberg
Samuel Dunning
as Dead American Soldier
Susan Varon
as Mrs. Dadidovich
Richard Topol
as Mo Greenberg
Betsy Hogg
as Sophomore Girl
Bryan Fitzgerald
as History Student
Rebecca Watson
as College Nurse
Bo Stansell
as Young Nurse
Isabel Keating
as Miss Clement
David Eggers
as College Student
Jason Jiang
as Yu Yuan
Will MacAdam
as Family Friend at Shiva & Synagogue
Eli Gelb
as David
Thomas Bair
as President Wentz
Kc Coy
as College Student
Ruth Flaherty
as Church Matron
Sam Rohloff
as Dead American Soldier
Neal Arluck
as Man In Synagogue
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Critic Reviews for Indignation

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (33)

A mildly interesting coming-of-age tale, nothing more.

Nov 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Despite its pluses, "Indignation" often plays like a heavy handed after-school special. It's not so much indignant as it is tedious.

Aug 12, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

"Indignation" is an elegant debut for longtime producer Schamus; a visit to the past, with both sunshine and darkness.

Aug 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With its mature perspective on distant formative years, the film feels true to the spirit of Roth; little from the deep wellsprings of the great novelist's fiction is lost in translation.

Aug 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Writer and director James Schamus turns Indignation into a minor period piece, a precise but seemingly pointless evocation of the stultifying conventionalism of an American university campus in the 1950s.

Aug 5, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Schamus gets the suffocating look of 1951 American academia just right, with its sweaters and skirts, and with a rose motif worthy of Citizen Kane. What's missing is any real drama or purpose.

Aug 4, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Indignation

I really couldn't figure out what this movie was trying to be. I can't deny it is well made, but the main character has kind of an anger issue (despite that, I agreed with him on the things he was angry about) and wasn't especially likable. Olivia was an interesting character, but wow, that ending and what an old b* the mother was. Honestly I knew nothing going into this and I still don't know what message we were meant to take from it. Depressed. That's what it got me...

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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It was so boring. I was literally falling asleep in my seat. Ok, so, maybe the movie wasn't made for me but still... The acting was ehhh. Tracy Letts was great but Logan Lerman wasn't any good.

Jim Pasier
Jim Pasier

Super Reviewer


Beautifully made and acted drama that has some of the most cinematic sequences of two people talking I've seen outside of The West Wing.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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