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Uncertainty Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The result is some nice atmospherics tethered to a cripplingly half-baked existentialism.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Half formulaic and half simply unimaginative.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    In a way, the film ultimately gets snagged in its own contraption.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A taut, skillful exercise in cinematic clockwork.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins are so interesting that it's easy to put up with the decision-making dithering that goes along with the title.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Indie drama asks -- but doesn’t answer -- big questions.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie movie -- part thriller, part drama -- may prove too offbeat and experimental for teens, even though it stars (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It asks some big questions about family and relationships but doesn't really answer them, and there's not a lot to take away from watching. Expect a fair amount of profanity (including "f--k" and "s--t", a brief sexual interlude with no outright nudity, and some gunfire that results in death (though it's not particularly graphic).

  • Families can talk about what theme binds the two storylines together. What are the similarities? Does the film’s structure enhance or detract from the story?
  • Do Bobby and Kate seem like a loving couple? Troubled? Both? How realistic is their relationship?
  • What feeling does the film end with, and why? What are the little-spoken conflicts that loom over Bobby and Kate?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film asks “what if” and explores the results of different choices, large and small, but it doesn't really offer any clear answers to the questions it poses.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The couple at the center of the film has a warm and tender relationship, and they support each other through difficult and turbulent events.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: One sudden assault, and several intense chase scenes (on foot) through the streets of New York, with occasional gunshots.

  • sex false2

    Sex: One sex scene with brief flashes of partial nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Regular but not constant swearing, including “s--t” and “f--k" and "damn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A Chase bank and a Palm Treo both play important roles and are mentioned by name several times.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking at parties by characters who are of age.