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Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Chicago Sun-Times
A moody, effective thriller for about 80 percent of the way, and then our hands close on air. If you walk out before the ending, you'll think it's better than it is.
A thriller wrapped in heavy-duty gauze to muffle the chills.
The story's rhythm is so bogged down in unnecessary characterization that the film can hardly breathe.
L.A. Weekly
Aiming to elicit a last-minute shiver from the audience, Gaghan is likely to get instead a mood-destroying giggle.
Village Voice
Hardly a nuanced portrait of a young woman's breakdown, the film nevertheless works up a few scares, particularly a tense call-number hunt in the library stacks.
The A.V. Club
Gaghan shows promise as a director, but Abandon leaves a lot of room for improvement.
Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
Portland Oregonian
Has a few pleasing stylistic flourishes and a potentially Hitchcockian plot, but the writing and rhythm are so off that when the final "shocker" arrives, we have seen it coming or have abandoned caring.
A trite psychological thriller -- all buildup and no payoff, a mystery that essentially offers only two alternative solutions, which diminishes the element of surprise and strings the viewer along way past caring which possibility proves to be true.
New York Post
A confusing mishmash.

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