Outside In Reviews

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March 27, 2020
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.
September 3, 2019
[Lynn] Shelton's film may have a very intentional focus upon just character but this does contribute to Outside In's measured narrative. A film that captures the raw conflict of life with great honesty.
June 22, 2018
This is the kind of mature, confident and gimmick-free material that rarely makes into cinemas much these days.
May 24, 2018
What keeps Outside In interesting throughout is the nuanced work of its so very watchable leads - especially Duplass, who spent the first half of his career behind the camera writing, directing, and producing film and TV with his brother Mark.
May 23, 2018
This film belongs to Shelton and Falco, and it's great to see two women just so on top of their game, showing everyone how it's done.
May 22, 2018
[Outside In] is one of Shelton's strongest films, one in which she explores some darker territory without losing the heart of the matter.
May 12, 2018
It merely entangles Chris and Carol in unworkable circumstances, which Shelton opens up with a deftly portrayed supporting cast, hardscrabble imagery, and reckonings that mostly emerge from empathy.
April 17, 2018
Bolstered by the quiet compassion that has always been her strong suit, Shelton has turned in another stunning independent feature that no one who enjoys the quieter side of life should miss.
April 13, 2018
Falco goes deep in a rare Hollywood grownup love story.
April 6, 2018
Falco is aces at this kind of performance-though it's quieter than we've seen her in a long time-and Duplass, who co-wrote the movie, nearly sags with sadness.
April 5, 2018
Director Lynn Shelton brings a high empathic bar to Outside In, then dares the audience to clear it.
April 5, 2018
It's a completely believable web of conflicting desires among people who lack the language and wherewithal to ask for what they want. But stick with it, and Outside In's relentless sadness gives way to something more gently hopeful...
April 4, 2018
The power of these performances is that you leave thinking that Chris and Carol are out there, somewhere, and you wish them well.
Top Critic
April 2, 2018
[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
While Shelton has made a formidable career directing TV episodes and comedy specials, her personal films are still her most rewarding.
April 2, 2018
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.
March 31, 2018
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 30, 2018
A sensitive and character-driven examination of life on the fringes, providing small yet rewarding narrative surprises instead of settling for cheap emotional payoffs.
March 30, 2018
Outside In is distinguished from the mass of "sad person returns to his/her hometown" movies by virtue of Shelton's inimitable skill as an actor's director.
March 30, 2018
Another one of Shelton's delightfully untucked meanders into the crossroads of lives, Outside In may be her quietly affecting best yet.
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