• Released
  • July 5, 2002
  • Psychological Drama
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L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
Some psychobabble ("We're all trying to be who we are") is inevitable, but somehow or other the thing works, largely because the acting, though primarily reactive, invests the movie with enough immediacy and specificity to turn the most excruciating banality into an original thought.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The sort of independent-film project that could have been disastrous in less-skilled hands. But Freeman's direction is so deft and the performances so natural that her remarkable experiment ends up feeling more realistic than most documentaries.
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Village Voice

By Ed Park
Though the characters are in fact sustained improvisations, the roles feel inhabited rather than acted -- a quality acutely present in scenes of excruciating awkwardness.
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New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
It too often looks and feels like a high-concept home movie, thanks to cinematography that's crude and ugly even by the standards of documentary video. But Group is also a remarkably believable piece of improvised theater.
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Boston Globe

Is it one of Oprah's book club meetings?
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
De Marken and Freeman preserve the group dynamic by dividing the screen into six parts, each mini-frame capturing actions and reactions from a different camera angle, and while the film drags in spots, the performances are unusually powerful.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie teeters on a slippery dividing line between realism and fiction. It gains power from the mercurial nature of its improvised acting and split-screen camera work, though.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
The well-intended Group is nevertheless problematic. It's relentlessly grueling, as therapy can be, and not everyone will be able to see a reason to watch it.
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New Times (L.A.)

By Jean Oppenheimer
The film was shot with six cameras simultaneously and the images are projected on six split screens, à la Mike Figgis' "Time Code." While the subject's appeal is limited and the film's 106-minute running time excessive, viewers who do respond to the pic will find it raw, real and cathartic.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
It is all a contrivance; the cast and filmmakers were under the delusion that putting unhappy women in a room would lead to drama.
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53 out of 100
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