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New York Post:
Zwick has a good ear for dialogue, and scenes between pairs of characters are smart and intimate - a nice match for talents like Plaza and Greenfield, who are particularly fun to watch play off each other.
New York Observer:
The intelligence and unhackneyed humor of the believable, unself-conscious screenplay by fledgling director Mr. Zwick (son of veteran director Edward Zwick) deserves special praise. It never hits a false note.
Only Plaza's performance as the troubled Sarah comes close to creating a three-dimensional character.
Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
About Alex benefits from a uniformly strong cast that does its best to find moments of truth in the banal, derivative scenario they've been handed.
They wonder what happened to them, how they got so serious, never stumbling on the obvious answer: YOU GREW UP, YOU DOPES.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com:
Taste, talent and lineage only go so far when nearly every line feels like it's from a script, not life. There's not a single surprise in this 96 minutes of millennial moaning.
New York Daily News:
Zwick clearly wanted to update "The Big Chill," but he never pushes past the concept itself.
New York Times:
The insight that social media fosters false intimacy is old news. The film shows only a half-formed sense of how careers have changed in 30 years.
Globe and Mail:
The chronicle of a less self-absorbed generation, it's less annoying than The Big Chill but also less funny.
About Alex still has sufficient charm, wit and occasional wisdom to make it worthwhile. Just don't expect another Big Chill.
Dramas about relationships are built on details, and too often, the ones in About Alex feel like elements of a screenplay rather than specifics from real life.
Like the online medium it fitfully critiques, the movie never digs very deep.