Diminished Capacity Synopsis
A brain-damaged man takes his senile uncle to Chicago to sell a rare baseball card.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

The result is fairly silly slapstick, but Alda, hair disheveled and brow knit with stubborn intent, is both fierce and quietly...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The smart indie comedy Diminished Capacity deals with three kinds of dementia: those relating to aging, concussions and being a Chicago...
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Jan Stuart
All of the actors convey the ebullience of old friends convening for an on-the-cheap reunion. The shared good spirits result in a...
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A risky, not entirely successful comedy about mental disability, based on the novel by Sherwood Kiraly.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A road movie that never really takes off.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Alda actually is kind of interesting as the mentally unstable uncle, but Broderick appears to be sleepwalking. Madsen has little to do, and...
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more. Maybe that's enough, serving as a reminder that movie comedies still can be...
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50

Village Voice

It's the kind of lite movie you go and see with your mom, and she'll say she liked it--but then a year later, you're both trying to...
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50

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Touches earnestly on heart-heavy issues of loss: loss of memory, of love and, perhaps because of the local angle, of (or rather by) the...
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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Bland indie comedy has some iffy alcohol content.
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