(2013)

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75
Lynn Shelton crafts a film of astonishingly sustained mood, tying its beguiling atmosphere to the mental states of her characters.
75
Touchy Feely is minor, but these people are good company.
75
The cast is more than game. DeWitt's Abby is earnest and searching and a little bit nuts, but we're never encouraged to see her as dumb, credulous or pathetic.
70
Laughs come less frequently here than in Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, but the writer-director's empathy for floundering characters is intact.
67
There's a great movie somewhere inside Touchy Feely desperately trying to swim to the surface, but its obscurity also comes with an inarticulateness that robs it of its potential.
63
In the days since, I have found myself thinking about these characters at unexpected moments. Maybe the film, like its characters, just needs a little time to grow on you.
63
Touchy Feely seems poised to explore the same issues of embarrassing intimacy Shelton mined in her two last films, Humpday and Your Sister's Sister. But here there's a new fantastical element, the kind of magical device that might pop up in a minor Woody Allen film.
60
wWen the filmmaker lines up her characters to confront their respective fears of intimacy, the loosey-goosey vibe clashes with the script's clunky machinations; like her characters, Shelton doesn't know what to do when things actually happen.
60
The New York Times
Its humor is softer and more ambiguous than that of Ms. Shelton's earlier films, and its characters are harder to pin down.
58
Without an improvisational buffer, in which actors feel their way naturally and uncertainly from moment to moment, Shelton's scenario feels as painfully contrived as it is.
50
Trading her improv-based filmmaking style for a more traditional screenplay-grounded model, Lynn Shelton delivers an uneven mix of half-formed conflicts.
40
Intermittently funny but erratically structured, it's a rare disappointment from Shelton.
40
The film feels like yet another product of the recent studio appropriation of mumblecore as a commodity, ultimately removing any semblance of individualism and feeling like just another product off the factory conveyor belt.
40
Shelton seems so preoccupied with making Touchy Feely feel natural and real that she's forgotten to add any incident.
40
Only DeWitt looks at home, but Shelton allows “Touchy Feely” to be so wishy-washy that we can never get a hold of the star, or the movie.
20
Shelton's migration towards more clear-cut drama is hampered by uneven tone and, most damning of all, dullness.
20
Worse than the goofy premise, Shelton fails to enliven the incredibly talk-heavy (but subtext-free) inaction with any sort of visual flair.
20
Worse than the goofy premise, Shelton fails to enliven the incredibly talk-heavy (but subtext-free) inaction with any sort of visual flair.

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