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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,
"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,
"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/
"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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