Permission

Critics Consensus

Permission holds together in spite of its uneven narrative thanks to eminently watchable work from leads Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens.

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Total Count: 42

30%

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Anna (Rebecca Hall) and Will (Dan Stevens), were each other's first every-things: first kiss, first love, first and only relationship. Now, 10 years in, at Anna's 30th birthday party, as Will is about to propose, the couple's best friend makes a drunken toast, suggesting that they should sleep around before their inevitable marriage. The joke lands like a lead balloon, but the thought lingers until Anna proposes that they try opening their relationship--as a sexual experiment. Together, they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries of their relationship and, along the way, evolve.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

  • A small story made with big performances from leads Stevens and Hall, and while it hasn't gotten the promotional push for audiences to pay attention, people lucky enough to stumble across it will fall for everyone involved.

    Feb 9, 2018 | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Variety
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  • What is most unexpected about Permission is its sense of poignancy and tenderness. In its own way, it's quite heartbreaking.

    Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • You kind of want to slap everybody in Permission, and that's kind of the point.

    Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While it deals with heavy relationship issues including the validity of monogamy, it manages an easy, seemingly effortless humor that seduces the audience while simultaneously breaking filmgoers' hearts.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Stevens and Hall are always interesting to watch. (In fact, you should watch him in "The Guest" and her in "The Awakening," if you want to see two excellent, lesser-known films.)

    Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Hall ... is the standout, selling Anna's indecision even through some of the script's dubious patches.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 12, 2019
    Insipid tripe, Permission is yet another Hollywood assault on monogamy. The story follows a young couple that gives each other permission to have sex with other people in order to decide whether or not they truly want to be together. And it goes pretty much as one would suspect, as every other movie about couples giving a pass to their partners goes. There are some decent actors in the cast, Rebecca Hall, Gina Gershon, Jason Sudeikis, but there aren't any good performances. And the directing is weak as well; as there's nothing sensual or suspenseful about the affairs. Permission is an incredibly dull and formulaic movie that doesn't do anything new or interesting with this well wore material.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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