Outside In

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Brilliantly brought to life by tenderly empathetic performances from Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, Outside In tells a sobering -- yet thoroughly absorbing -- story.

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After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (Jay Duplass) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (Edie Falco), his former high-school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol - a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (2)

  • Lynn Shelton wrote and directed two superior indie comedies, Humpday (2009) and Your Sister's Sister (2011)... Now she's back with an engrossing drama about love and circumstance, and there isn't a false note from start to finish.

    March 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Director Lynn Shelton brings a high empathic bar to Outside In, then dares the audience to clear it.

    April 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Andrew Whalen

    Newsweek
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  • The power of these performances is that you leave thinking that Chris and Carol are out there, somewhere, and you wish them well.

    April 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Lynn Shelton's] actors are always natural and unaffected, but in [Edie] Falco and [Jay] Duplass, she's found interpreters who seem to breathe her characters.

    April 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
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  • This is an conversation- and character-driven film with an occasional eye for something more ineffable, but Falco and Duplass's complicated, nakedly searching performances are the main event.

    April 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Takes some time to develop that tension into something genuinely dramatic, but Falco's performance is strong enough to make the film compelling even in its softest moments.

    March 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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