Falling Down
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It's just not William Foster's (Michael Douglas) day. Laid off from his defense job, Foster gets stuck in the middle of the mother of all traffic jams. Desirous of attending his daughter's birthday party at the home of his ex-wife (Barbara Hershey), Foster abandons his car and begins walking, encountering one urban humiliation after another (the Korean shopkeeper who obstinately refuses to give change is the worst of the batch). He also slowly unravels mentally, finally snapping at a fast-food restaurant that refuses to serve him breakfast because it's "too late."… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"None of the characters ever rises beyond the level of his or her generic functions, and by the end the overall emptiness of the conception becomes fully apparent."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A real artist could make something incisive or darkly hilarious out of this moral tightrope act. Schumacher, veering recklessly between social satire, kick-ass fantasy and damsel-in-distress melodrama, plays the game for opportunistic cheap thrills."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"These adventures would be offensive if you could take them seriously, so it's probably good that you can't."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Atrociously written by actor Ebbe Roe Smith and atrociously directed (it goes without saying) by Joel Schumacher..."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Maybe Michael Douglas' best work, he as the depressed man driven to madness."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Let's face it, there is an element of truth in the character of D-FENS. But it is, finally, tabloid truth."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and certainly unnerving."
‑ , Time Out
"What makes this an innovative film is Joel Schumacher's bold eschewing of the good-guy-verses-bad-guy Hollywood convention."
‑ , Film4
"A heavy-handed potboiler, but as it raises the temperature, it does give cause to consider the line--so easily crossed--between social function and disasterous personal undoing. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Joel Schumacher's best film."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"At first comes across like a mean-spirited black comedy and then snowballs into a reasonably powerful portrait of social alienation. The tone is unremittingly dour, however."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It turns one man's slide toward madness into a wickedly mischievous, entertaining suspense thriller."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"The character of William Foster (simply called D-Fens in the closing credits) represents an element of our collective id."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...holds up pretty well today, even if its tone meanders all over the place."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A crude, cathartic rant that both condemns and exploits modern paranoia."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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