(2002)

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75
Portland Oregonian
The highlights are the writing and the performances. There are real laughs to be had -- several scenes end on sharp, witty shards of dialogue. And whenever Eckhart, Northam or Ehle is the focus, the thing soars.
75
ReelViews
Compelling material, especially for those who believe that the lives and loves of the dead can impact the trajectory of the existences of the living.
70
Wall Street Journal
A romance, a detective story, a comedy and a fable. Such a mishmash prevents it from being a standout in any of those categories. -- It's lovely to look at, though, and it's ultimately carried to success on the back of a strong story.
63
New York Daily News
What Possession reminds us more than anything is that love is more exotic at the safe remove of history. The irony is that LaBute is more at home chronicling the present, yet that's where this movie falls apart.
63
Miami Herald
It is entertaining enough to send intelligent viewers (but only the intelligent ones) in search of the book.
50
Austin Chronicle
The film is by no means a disaster. Possession is prettily performed, prettily put-together. Yet, for a story set so firmly in the center of a fire, LaBute and his players have suited themselves in some mighty flame-retardant threads.
50
An intelligent literary mystery story that holds interest and is intermittently affecting, but it never soars.
50
The movie is intelligent yet lifeless; it's all wisps and abstractions.
40
Village Voice
Possession suffers from insufficient nastiness.
20
Washington Post
How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

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