Return Reviews

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January 5, 2019
Whilst admittedly showcasing a powerhouse performance by Cardellini, Return sadly fails to convey its heart-rending story
September 18, 2017
As a first feature, this is a great start.
November 25, 2013
Return is a commendable, genuine, and simple drama that effectively highlights the intrinsic trauma soldiers face when trying to come to terms with the reality of life back home.
June 19, 2013
The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace.
May 3, 2012
April 29, 2012
Skipping the usual flashbacks-and-cold-sweats cliches, Return has an understated power, even if the story traverses pretty well-trodden ground.
April 7, 2012
This is a quiet, honourable, carefully paced little independent movie, like a Sundance Institute coda to The Deer Hunter.
April 5, 2012
Cardellini holds the restless centre of Liza Johnson's patient, precise drama, which brims with quiet disaffection.
April 5, 2012
A debut of sober distinction, carried by the seriously good Linda Cardellini as a US Army supply worker whose readjustment to Rust Belt domesticity is touch and go.
April 5, 2012
As hounourable as its intentions are, the feeling of been there, done that pervades.
April 5, 2012
Johnson's narrative control is as assured as her visual sense. She skilfully captures the dead-end decency that compounds the servicewoman's mix of trauma and frustration.
April 4, 2012
Michael Shannon steals the film - when does he not? - as the loving, frustrated husband whose fuse is burning short.
April 4, 2012
There's no glib emotional grandstanding with the cast - particularly the excellent Cardellini - unshowily inhabiting their roles and underlining the assertion that it really could happen to anybody.
April 4, 2012
Impressively directed, sharply observed and emotionally engaging drama with a terrific central performance from Linda Cardellini.
April 3, 2012
It's a focused, unshowy character study, light on fireworks but full of authentic drama and featuring an impressive lead performance from former ER actress Linda Cardellini.
March 26, 2012
This is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
March 23, 2012
A striking, humane, low-fi coming-home drama whose very title has a relaxed connotation that the movie robustly embodies.
March 16, 2012
It's a well-made but grim psychological melodrama.
March 3, 2012
February 29, 2012
Unique for how normal it is, and laudable for its humbleness.
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