Uncertainty 2009

Uncertainty

Critics Consensus

Uncertainty benefits from an evocative setting and likable leads, but its gimmicky gambit fails to pay off, fatally undermining its impact.

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A coin flip decides whether a young couple (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lynn Collins) attends a Fourth of July bash or has a wild adventure in the city.

Cast & Crew

Lynn Collins
Kate Montero
Assumpta Serna
Sylvia Montero
Olivia Thirlby
Sophie Montero
Nelson Landrieu
Felix Montero
Manoel Felciano
Greg Montero
Scott McGehee
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David Siegel
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Paul Zucker
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Peter Nashel
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Critic Reviews for Uncertainty

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (13)

  • Rain Li's crisp cinematography gives the entwined stories different but complementary visual styles. Paul Zucker's editing supports each genre then poses fresh questions by leaping from one to the other.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film bets everything on an unconventional structure, but fails to do much with it.

    December 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A taut, skillful exercise in cinematic clockwork.

    November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Excellent New York City location shooting and the ever-reliable Joseph Gordon-Levitt can't salvage this gimmicky, overlong thriller from Scott McGehee and David Siegel...

    November 13, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The leads are immensely appealing, but the sum of their experiences equals nothing more profound than two earnest people wrestling with a tough decision.

    November 12, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins are so interesting that it's easy to put up with the decision-making dithering that goes along with the title.

    November 11, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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  • Jan 10, 2013
    Typed from my ipad so sorry for any mistakes..... This movie was boring as hell. I understand that they were trying to show how different decisions have different outcomes, but couldnt they have chosen an interesting decision? There was really no substance to this movie. The decision was to either go to the family dinner party or go to a friends party. When they went to the family party guess what happens? They find a dog and go to a family dinner party. Yeah its an actual dinner party. If real life every day happenings were interesting then people wouldnt go to the movies. I go to family dinners all the time and they bore me. Why would I want to watch someone elses boring dinner? I wouldnt! And neither would anyone else! The second scenario was going to the friends party and guess what? They get into a taxi cab, find someones phone and are promptly chased by we dont know who for a good hour. And they dont go to the party i dont think. I cant remember. Anyway if the scenarios had been interesting I think the movie wouldve been ten times better. That was just a writing failure. The first situation is too realistic it lulls you to sleep and the second situation is just as boring and is completely unrealistic. The finding of the phone could have been really cool theres so much the writer couldve done with that....so why does he just have the characters being chased and doing such boring tasks (e.g. Checking email, getting coffee, eating dinner with family, walking their dog, putting up found dog posters, fixing a computer) Yeah I kid you not all of those every day boring things are in this movie as a scene! An entire scene of getting coffee. An entire scene of walking the dog and putting up found posters. Such boring boring stuff! Theres ways to make things realistic without them actually being boring. You could cut out a good half of this movie and still understand it. That is not how you do it. Every scene should be meaningful and that is not the case with this movie let me tell you. Witty dialogue, interesting shots and more action couldve helped this movie so much. It just sucks it was so boring and pointless. At the beginning you know nothing and at the end you know nothing because nothing has happened. Even the characters were pretty two dimensional and didnt change at all. Nothing changed. The writing might have been terrible, but the cinematography sure as hell wasnt. Every shot was beautiful the colors were great, the lines were interesting and it was just awesome. I can tell the DOP really thought about how he was going to put the shots together. The shots were so pretty. Ive seen better cinematography but I would totally hire this guy because hes really talented. The way he set up each shot was really great. In the beginning with the two characters facing each other and the bridge in the background gorgeoussssss and just in every scene after that you can tell he did his part. The cinematography really saves this movie without it, theres absolutely no point in watching it because the writing is just so terrible. But if you wanna see how a beautiful shot is supposed to look, definitely check out this movie.
    Japes . Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2012
    Uncertainty never quite comes off big time but still carries the Indy time feel auspiciously. The inclusion of Joseph Gordon-Levitt creates a higher caliber experience and ultimately makes the film worth more than most Indy films that lack star power.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2010
    <i>"I'm not afraid of either scenario, but it's just - I want this to be something we're doing, not something we're not doing."</i> A young couple, in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> What struck me was the lopsided feel and disunity of the whole enterprise. The stories in the two alternate-universe flip-of-a- coin worlds do not really complement or enrich each other; rather each destroys what momentum the other has built. In addition neither thread is particularly compelling in itself, and switching from one to the other does not make them more so. The two principals do fine - Lynn Collins in particular is an actress I would love to see get more significant roles (she was excellent as Portia in the Michael Radford version of "Merchant of Venice" with Al Pacino as Shylock), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has charm and believability. However they are stranded in an unconvincing dual narrative. Perhaps in addition to improvising their dialog (as they did) they should have been allowed to scrap and rewrite the entire scenario! Many people have mentioned the similarity to the movie "Run Lola Run". I am surprised no one mentioned a film entitled "Sliding Doors" starring Gwyneth Paltrow that, while not a masterpiece, utilized the same alternate-universe framework to better effect.
    Lorenzo v Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2010
    A metalinguistic exercise in which it is the characters who have to decide, by flipping a coin, if they want to belong in a sensitive family drama or an action thriller, and so the result is an interesting indie experiment about uncertain paths, though sometimes a bit bland.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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