(2014)

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Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
91
Anchored by career-best performances from Long and Rossum, and a juicy script that bravely dives into the darkest parts of breaking up and making up, Comet is an original and inventive retelling of an age-old and universal truth.
83
There's an actual pulse and beating heart to Comet; it feels vibrant, alive.
75
Its time-jumping strategy cleverly illuminates the way in which we go over and fixate on isolated incidents in our minds of breakups past.
75
It features career-best work by Long and Rossum, both eagerly devouring Esmail's witty script. Yes, some of it is overwritten and a bit too clever for its own good, but more often it's an engaging character piece.
70
The New York Times
The visions (a meteor shower, Paris) are romantic and lovely, and there's a sense of commitment to the enterprise that pretty much overcomes the near bathos and proves involving.
40
Although there's talent on display in all aspects of this time-jumping, visually distinctive independent that rests its commercial hopes on the names of leads Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, Esmail strenuously overplays his hand with the torrent of obnoxious dialogue he asks his male lead to deliver, which is enough to make one want to run out several times for a breather.
40
Lapses in the screenplay are mitigated only slightly by the natural chemistry between Long and Rossum.
40
Sam Esmail's first film has a visual assurance that suggests the arrival of a gifted director, but the characters he's created are so off-putting that viewers aren't likely to appreciate the beauty surrounding them.
40
New York Daily News
Sam Esmail's fractured romance is beautifully shot and creatively structured, but he never gives us a single reason to root for his mismatched couple.
20
No amount of cosmic fireworks or woozy strings can hide the nice-guy passive-aggressive bullshit squatting at the center of Comet-it's like a dreamy, swoony De Beers ad that stars Cecil Rhodes.

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