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Based on 13 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A road movie that never really takes off. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Alda actually is kind of interesting as the mentally unstable uncle, but Broderick appears to be sleepwalking. Madsen has little to do, and everyone else plays things far too broadly. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The smart indie comedy Diminished Capacity deals with three kinds of dementia: those relating to aging, concussions and being a Chicago Cubs fan. Tying those three things together is a task that the witty script does with surprising adroitness. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A risky, not entirely successful comedy about mental disability, based on the novel by Sherwood Kiraly. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 about ordinary people and do not necessarily have to feature vulgarity as their centerpiece. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

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

  • 70
    Jan Stuart Los Angeles Times

    All of the actors convey the ebullience of old friends convening for an on-the-cheap reunion. The shared good spirits result in a diminutive comedy with a bounty of charm and shrewd humor. show more

  • 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 remember what it was even about. Two and a half shrugs. show more

  • 50
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    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 Chicago Cubs. But Mr. Kinney, a founder of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and a familiar face from film and television, never gives his movie a sustained pulse. show more

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