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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Johnson's feel for the rhythms of reconnection are steady, and she and her fine actors make Return one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking reality. show more

  • 63
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    As director Liza Johnson understands, simply being over there changes someone, no matter if anything unusually traumatic happened to the person. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Return comes briefly to life when John Slattery of "Mad Men'' turns up as an acerbic yet sympathetic reclusive drunk whom Kelli meets during court-mandated rehab. But it's not enough for a film that limps along to a pretty much preordained climax. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Ms. Cardellini plays it like a zombie, and she isn't helped by all the loitering camera angles and repetitive close-ups of her head framed against car windows. It's a worthy subject, ploddingly explored in a film that is too modest for its own good. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Return is almost too underdramatized to seem like a piece of today's zoomy entertainment, but its anxieties-the bare cupboards, the vague sense of purposelessness-are at the heart of the American experience for many. It's what indie filmmaking ought to be. show more

  • 60
    James Mottram Total Film

    Reversing his "Take Shelter" role, Michael Shannon convinces as her grounded husband and "Mad Men's" John Slattery offers good support as a fellow vet. But this is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    There are a couple of hundred instances in which Johnson or her actors could take condescending short cuts and slip into white-trash stereotypes, but I didn't see any - only gifted performers vanishing into their characters, refusing to pass judgment. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    With its modest scale and sharp observations, writer-director Liza Johnson's first feature has the quiet impact of a short story. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    In this stratum of Middle American society during wartime and hardship, the movie suggests, life is tough and challenging. You admire these characters for their considerable resilience while understanding that even the best-intentioned people can break under the stress. show more

  • 50
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    Firmly in the unassuming indie vein, Return treads lightly and leaves little imprint. show more

  • July 06, 2013 jjiron5373
    Report This User

    Less than 3 percent of America has ever served, and 1 percent has sereved overseas in a combat zone. This is a powerful film from a female soldiers perspective. It really makes the audience understand for 91 minutes of time the hardships our soldiers are going through upon their return to civilian life. The viewers score represents the few people that have actually seen the movie, and I am really glad that this movie is available for people to see. Each veteran pays for the price of freedom, and most end up having to do it again. Slow, but paints such a realistic point of view. A much watch for veteran spouses.

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