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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    57

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    All that's left then is a miserablist analogue to M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable," a sad portrait of paranoid delusion with wipe-out stunts played for the comic wincing of "Jackass."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Nathan Lee

    Either way, it doesn’t quite go far enough as psychological study or cultural commentary.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Thanks to Rapaport's brio in embracing the hero's drug-induced delusions, the movie is less a failure than a noble experiment gone awry.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Eccentric, depressing thriller won't grab teens' attention.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this depressing indie drama/fantasy -- which stars Michael Rappaport of Boston Public and Prison Break -- focuses on the side effects of an experimental drug that prove quite disturbing, and some scenes will be too much for younger teens and kids. Characters use drugs, and there's some upsetting violence -- including an attack with a pencil has a bloody aftermath -- as well as a fair amount of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") and a pervasive sense of disorientation and isolation.

  • Families can talk about mental illnesses and how drugs are used to treat them. What is the movie trying to say about the situation? Is Les crazy, or did the drugs make him act crazy? What is the movie saying about loneliness? Is Les a sympathetic character or a creepy one? What would it feel like to be in his shoes?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A character seems quite depressed and takes part in a clinical drug trial hoping to be cured of his malaise. But instead, his life grows more complicated and even dangerous.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Les knocks people down if he thinks they're up to no good, regardless of what's really happening. A mysterious duo threatens him; a man stabs another with a pencil, and the aftermath is quite bloody. A man beats up two others with a stick. One driver deliberately runs over another.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Les has a crush on the girl at the convenience store, but nothing happens.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent swearing, including 'a--hole,' 'bitch,' 's--t,' 'piss,' and 'f--k.'

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Signage for a convenience store, banks, and a news broadcast logo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character takes part in a clinical trial for an anti-depressant drug. Supporting characters are shown smoking dope.

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