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Critic Reviews for Refuge
The central characters' coupledom might bring them a safe haven, but audiences will be left out in the cold.
Just as unsatisfying and unrealistic as a happily-ever-after story about a damsel and a prince she has barely met.
Jessica Goldberg's sluggish directorial debut feels like a leftover from the 1990s, when dank indie dramas littered film-festival lineups.
Refuge opens like many a character-driven indie of a certain budget and ambition, but develops into a beautiful subtle character study led convincingly by the four performances at its core.
Audience Reviews for Refuge
I had no feelings towards this film. Don't know if there is a lesson to this film, or a point, even if there is one, it's not important, or it wasn't told right. The dialogue doesn't feel realistic enough for a film that takes itself so seriously. It's pace is slow, the acting is wooden and mediocre, their attempt is noticed and they try to pull off powerful performances, but it never phased me. All in all, a bad movie.
Very slight, but lovely film. I really liked it a lot. The story is a young woman, played by Krysten Ritter (I really am starting to like her a lot as an actress), has returned from college to her small town home to care for her younger brother and sister after the death of her parents. She meets a guy who is passing through, and the damaged pair form a relationship. It's not a fairytale, and nothing amazing happens, but it is a sweet movie. Very brief at 80 minutes. I was sorry to see it end. I really felt for all these characters and believed them.
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