(2013)

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88
Slant Magazine
The near-imperceptible finesse of Abby's characterization reflects writer-director Stacie Passon's effortless, interesting mix of richness and economy.
80
It is Weigert's performance that gives the film its mystery and charge. Playing seriously with identity, she draws the viewer ever closer. The way she never reveals everything is electrifying.
60
Although Weigert is convincing as Abby, Passon's attitude toward the character is hazy.
60
A fine sense of yuppie suffocation—Spin-class listlessness and workaholic disconnection—sets up this indie as a potential suburban satire.
60
More and more, the film’s incisive realism seems at war with its ludicrous plot, until both finally just collapse, exhausted.
60
Ms. Passon ultimately seems to skirt some of the larger life questions hinted at along the way.
60
Concussion is a melancholy affair which keeps its lead character at a distance, making for somewhat frustrating viewing. But the reserved tone also makes this movie worth an afternoon visit.
50
The viewer is presented with a series of caustic, vignette-like scenes which tease bigger themes but end before they can tackle them, as though the film had accidentally started a conversation it didn’t want to have — an impression underscored by the tidy, arbitrary ending.
40
Acquitting herself capably in a lead role that strips her bare in more ways than one, Robin Weigert (HBO’s “Deadwood”) proves worthy of a future in features, whereas first-time writer-director Stacie Passon mainly exposes her background in commercials.
30
Village Voice
Its characters are all too easily determined but never specific—or memorable.

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