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Return Reviews

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Richard Haridy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 7, 2012
This is a quiet, honourable, carefully paced little independent movie, like a Sundance Institute coda to The Deer Hunter.
Phil Hoad
April 5, 2012
Cardellini holds the restless centre of Liza Johnson's patient, precise drama, which brims with quiet disaffection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clare Conway
Little White Lies
April 5, 2012
As hounourable as its intentions are, the feeling of been there, done that pervades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 4, 2012
Michael Shannon steals the film - when does he not? - as the loving, frustrated husband whose fuse is burning short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
April 4, 2012
Impressively directed, sharply observed and emotionally engaging drama with a terrific central performance from Linda Cardellini.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
March 26, 2012
This is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
March 23, 2012
A striking, humane, low-fi coming-home drama whose very title has a relaxed connotation that the movie robustly embodies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2012
It's a well-made but grim psychological melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 29, 2012
Unique for how normal it is, and laudable for its humbleness.
Chris Cabin
February 16, 2012
It's the brief glimpses of unsettling ordinariness -- ho-hum drug dependency, the joy of scoring a good plumbing job, the downsizing of a factory to two lone, lonely figures -- that gives Return its real punch
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
February 16, 2012
Cardellini's lovely performance is so vividly expressive in its soulful, anguished stillness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 15, 2012
Liza Johnson's feature film debut tackles a tough subject and comes through with a passing grade. There will be more from her in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 13, 2012
This quiet, naturalistic film has a classical arc and a lingering sting.
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