Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
At once dreamily surreal, acutely intelligent, and strikingly tough-minded, this pitch-dark dramatic comedy recalls David Lynch and "Donnie Darko" while remaining fresh and original to its core. A stunning directorial debut.
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
A frustrating combination of inspiration and routine, acuity and dullness, originality and fashion. Part web-of-life indie film, part troubled teen drama, part suburban satire, part comic book fantasy, it vacillates between the engaging and the silly, buoyed by energetic performances but pulled underwater by self-satisfied writing and direction.
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Dallas Observer

By Luke Y. Thompson
Either a bit more humor or a bit more heart could exponentially improve things.
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Los Angeles Times

By Carina Chocano
Every adult in the movie is a caricature: Close, Janney and Wilson are compendiums of such broad, unattractive traits they make the ladies of "Desperate Housewives" look complex. The men, meanwhile, are weak, clueless and preening, with the exception of Fiennes, who's nuts.
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Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
It's a Big Idea movie that comes out only half-baked.
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Film Threat

A series of pretentious social commentary punctuated by windows of excellence that only make it more frustrating.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
The few genuine moments of connection -- are as refreshing as they are out of place. They only highlight how false and affected the rest of the film is.
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By Olly Richards
A tragic waste of acting talent, with nothing new to say. Can we please now politely close the door on middle-class repression before we get really angry?
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The A.V. Club

The resulting film is an example of how a film with camera and acting skills in its corner can still fall flat on its face.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An appallingly clumsy and stupid take on drugs, kidnapping and suicide in suburbia.
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41 out of 100
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