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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This riveting film qualifies as the anti-crowd-pleaser -- but Penn makes it unthinkable to turn away. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A faithful portrait of a period in American social history. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Even if audiences can get by the tasteless shock title, it's tough to figure who will ever watch this movie - even when it's on cable. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The director and co-writer, Niels Mueller, has also done his work well, but the film feels insubstantial at 95 minutes, even though -- or maybe because -- it bristles with borrowed ideas and unavoidable associations. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A downer of a drama. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A slight movie and a major downer, is an acting showcase for Sean Penn. That's good, but not enough. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    First-time director Niels Mueller and his co-screenwriter Kevin Kennedy depict Sam's disintegration expertly and they have fashioned a well-made picture with much to like. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This is one of the rare movies to explore American materialism through the eyes of an all-too-ordinary person who isn't up to the challenges of everyday life. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    What surprises us most is the picture's topicality, and not just because terrorists crashed a plane into the Pentagon three years ago. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Does the film have a message? I don't think it wants one. It is about the journey of a man going mad. A film can simply be a character study, as this one is. show more

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