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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Although Jones and Pearce are interesting when onscreen alone, their chemistry is slightly off. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Doremus is an exceptional director of actors; almost every scene in Breathe In comes alive, with or without the help of music. But the film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax. Next time around, let's hope this gifted filmmaker hangs his characters' lives on stronger dramatic bones. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    For all the obviousness on the surface, and despite some forced last-act havoc, Breathe In works like a piece of chamber music. It goes up to the edge of emotion, circles it, then backs away. But the notes not hit seem as powerful as the ones that are. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Director Drake Doremus confirms his knack for pinpointing subtle emotional tremors on fragile personal landscapes, even if some too-easy coincidences and pat dramatic moments chip away at the compressed story's credibility. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Top performances by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, though, make the film emotionally rich. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The May-December romance is an overworked genre, but steady hands guide this one with intelligence to a sad but satisfactory conclusion. show more

  • 63
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Breathe In is all simmer, no boil, despite an abrupt, overwrought, agonizing emotional climax that’s too much, too late. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    A romantic melodrama that’s so well-cast and acted and made with such loving care that you could almost forgive how long it takes to get to its obvious conclusion, how melodramatic the whole “sordid” affair is. show more

  • 25
    David Lee Dallas Slant Magazine

    Seemingly high-brow because it's so low-key, but underneath that veneer is an inert, thinly plotted melodrama premised on trite characterizations that would be offensive if they weren't so absurd. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    Swinging it to compelling are irresistible performances from Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce. show more

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