60

Movieline

It's a slender story of mourning that manages some lovely bits of mood while also being dreary and a little preposterous in its spareness.
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60

Village Voice

The film stays afloat, if barely, thanks to Elliot Davis's uncluttered camerawork, a surprisingly unsentimental denouement, and performers who deftly undersell the script's corniest pretensions.
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50

Los Angeles Times

This quiet, atmospheric drama (originally titled "A Year in Mooring") feels padded even in its brief running time; it's a slight mood piece posing as a character study.
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40

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
This is a man-versus-nature parable heavy on the sappy existentialism that's very much of our time. Call it Nicholas Sparks's The Grey.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The film doesn't play games; it's basically just Lucas going through a short story-like period of reflection and redemption almost entirely without dialogue. It's not enough, but it is what this underappreciated actor does best.
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40

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Much of the skimpy, waterlogged dialogue in Peter Vanderwall's screenplay is heavy with portent. Excerpts from Homer's "Odyssey" and Longfellow's "Children's Hour" add to the tonnage.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
A banal "poetic" drama of a grieving stranger licking his wounds in a bayside Michigan town.
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30

Arizona Republic

The movie is plagued with long stretches of dialogue-free contemplation and static shots of nature happening. At only 83 minutes, the film is too slight to feel so padded.
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0

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The movie seems to think it's building up massive suspense by not telling us our hero's back story, but given that the wife and kid aren't around and he keeps telling people who ask that he's not divorced, it's obvious they're dead. The only mystery, then, is what exactly happened to them. The answer is: nothing interesting.
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34 out of 100
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