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Permission (2018)

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Critic 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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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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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.

February 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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

February 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You kind of want to slap everybody in Permission, and that's kind of the point.

February 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.

February 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.)

February 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.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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