Diminished Capacity
Diminished Capacity (2008)

Author Sherwood Kiraly pens the screenplay adaptation of his own comedic novel concerning a man (Matthew Broderick) who gets amnesia after suffering a blow to the head and the road trip he embarks on with his Alzheimer's-afflicted uncle… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This low-key comedy about memory loss offers mild pleasures but is too bland to fully resonate.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Sherwood Kiraly's slight script only makes this embarrassment of riches seem more embarrassing.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The actors look as if they're having a reasonably fine time, but there's no sense of commitment here, no sense that this was a movie that absolutely, passionately had to be made.

Victor Olliver

It's quite easy: either go get a sedative and calm down, dear. Or see this gentle and frankly boring-as-hell movie.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Alda's Hawkeye Pierce charm gives way to something snappish and cagey, while Broderick's fussy stiffness is perfect.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more.

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Pete Hammond

This Sundance hit is a sleeper surprise of the summer -- a one-of-a-kind original.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Didn't we invent film festivals so we could sequester all the star-studded 'how I spent my summer vacation' indie film projects and keep them out of our arthouses?

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.

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Brian Orndorf

A gentle, agreeable dramedy, Capacity reveals that Kinney has a unique hold on tone and shares a palpable charm with his actors.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
Hilarious movie by Terry Kinney. A good story plot that follows Cooper (Matthew Broderick) who deals with random memory loss due to an injury from a fight.… More