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It can't make up its mind whether it's a serious drama, a swoony romance, or a psychological thriller.
Detroit Free Press:
Abandon would be almost forgivable as the stupidest movie of the year if it weren't the most boring as well.
Too much of this well-acted but dangerously slow thriller feels like a preamble to a bigger, more complicated story, one that never materializes.
Ebert & Roeper:
It's light on the chills and heavy on the atmospheric weirdness, and there are moments of jaw-droppingly odd behavior -- yet I found it weirdly appealing.
A psychological thriller that doesn't thrill much and whose ending we can guess halfway through; but if you're a lover of smart dialogue and intelligent characters, you won't be disappointed.
Gaghan would rather make you think than jump. You might prefer to do both, but idea-driven thrillers are in short supply, and the troubled Katie earns the right to haunt your mind.
New York Times:
There's so little going on in the film that its title seems to suggest an action that audiences may be driven to take before the movie ends.
Los Angeles Times:
A trite psychological thriller designed to keep the audience guessing and guessing -- which is not to be confused with suspecting -- until it comes time to wrap things up and send the viewers home.
Globe and Mail:
Credit this picture with an ambitious effort to dramatize an ineffable yet recognizable mood -- even if its ambition isn't quite fulfilled.
Dallas Morning News:
[The title's] unintentional effect is to presage the sense of torment the viewer experiences as he or she is buried deep inside the movie's unrewarding ramblings.
Gaghan captures the half-lit, sometimes creepy intimacy of college dorm rooms, a subtlety that makes the silly, over-the-top coda especially disappointing.
One sloughs one's way through the mire of this alleged psychological thriller in search of purpose or even a plot.
Comes across as exceedingly dumb, even when you consider that a lot of the rank stupidity is designed to facilitate the 'surprise' twist (ho-hum) that is telegraphed midway through the excruciatingly long 90-minute running time.
The movie finally did not satisfy me, and so I cannot recommend it, but there is a lot to praise, beginning with Katie Holmes' performance.
One of the most incoherent features in recent memory.
The title helpfully offers the most succinct review of it you'll read anywhere.
Pic's structure and last-minute disclosures entirely betray any personal investment the viewer has made in this low-key yarn, which will cause audiences to feel ambushed and sullied at fadeout.
Hardly a nuanced portrait of a young woman's breakdown, the film nevertheless works up a few scares.