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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Buoyed by some nicely nuanced performances (especially by Pearce and Amy Ryan as his dream-dashing wife), Breathe In never quite rises above its predictable potboiler premise."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"The film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"It does everything it should, except take your breath away."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Enough with the dramas about frustrated older men seeking a second chance at life and love through a barely legal girl. Please."
‑ Kristy Puchko, CinemaBlend.com
"There are some perceptive character-driven moments in this earnest domestic drama, yet this is familiar territory and the deliberately paced result gradually strains credibility and becomes less profound."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Although Jones and Pearce are interesting when onscreen alone, their chemistry is slightly off."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"The superb acting can't turn narrative lead into gold with this story about the attraction of a foreign-exchange student pianist to her married host and teacher."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Breathe In may telegraph where it's going late in the game and these irrational decisions might make for some frustrated viewers, but it is without a doubt one of the most emotionally poignant and heartbreaking movies we saw at Sundance last year."
‑ Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"Doremus' beautifully shot, naturalistic style means there are no soap-opera hysterics, and he gets strong performances from all involved...But it's hard to get over the fact that Jones, who was born in 1983, is far too old to play a high school student."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"A breathy tale of a not-quite love affair, Drake Doremus' "Breathe In" is yet another skillfully acted indie drama that's never quite good enough to be memorable."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Falters with a bland and predictable emotional connection."
‑ Jim Brunzell III, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Pearce and Jones manage to engage in a will-they-or-won't-they pas de deux that at times approaches the intensity of the most white-knuckled thriller."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Jones and Pearce do the best they can with the hackneyed material, but even they aren't immune to this painfully slight and remarkably forgettable film."
‑ Ty Landis, Movie Mezzanine
"Drake Doremus and his writing partner Ben York Jones' working method is unorthodox... and earlier films have established them as a creative team who have much on the ball..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
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