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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's something flimsy and unformed at these characters' cores, something that no amount of jumpy close-ups, skittering sideways glances, and rainy music can make up for."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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
"[Doremus] telegraphs the film's intentions early and builds at a ponderous, self-important pace toward a trite, unsatisfying finish."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A film about a May-December romance, it would be laborious to sit through at any time of year."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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
"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 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
"Jones, outstanding as the other woman in Fiennes's "The Invisible Woman," seems adrift here and Ryan's Megan projects no desires past maintaining the status quo."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Fine performances barely make up for this melodrama's narrative bankruptcy."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Enough with the dramas about frustrated older men seeking a second chance at life and love through a barely legal girl. Please."
‑ Kristy Puchko,
"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
"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
"The screen sparkles with the sexual tension between Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones..."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"It does everything it should, except take your breath away."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"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
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