(2010)

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Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Soberly and responsibly, a small but significant film called Inhale, starring the underrated, charismatic and terrifically accomplished Dermot Mulroney, has arrived without fanfare or big-budget ad campaigns to capture some well-deserved attention.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The final act hits like a gut-punch. Worst fears are confirmed, and the protagonist faces a moral dilemma no father should have to confront. Kormakur and his writers give their protagonist no easy way out.
70
It takes a while to get there, but Inhale eventually emerges as a tense and morally complex thriller with a devastating twist.
55
Like the recent and only slightly less fantastical "Never Let Me Go," Inhale manages little more than a gesture toward untying its bundled moral knots.
40
Variety
Icelandic helmer Baltasar Kormakur ("101 Reykjavik," "Jar City") injects notes of hysteria into the script's frenetic pileup of gratuitous cliches, as Dermot Mulroney pushes his square-jawed, desperate hero to near-masochistic extremes.
40
Wall Street Journal
You keep rooting for the child to get a new pair of lungs, but all of the beatings, betrayals and bitter ironies leave a bad taste in your head.
30
Inhale is a creepy medical thriller in the tradition of "Coma" that amps up the tension and suspense by slicing up time.
25
It's neither remotely convincing as true-to-life drama or lurid and propulsive enough to work as exploitation. It's just bad.
20
Village Voice
Ripped from the headlines and sensationalized for your would-be pleasure, Inhale uses the appalling phenomenon of illegal organ trafficking as the basis for an almost-as-appalling hyperventilated thriller.
20
Even with the grungy aesthetics and earnest preaching, Inhale is really nothing but crass topical exploitation, milking this social issue for every salacious drop.

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