Gabriel (2015)

Gabriel is a heartfelt portrait of a vulnerable teen at his psychological breaking point, struggling to keep it together in the wake of his father's suicide. Convinced that reunioting with his ex-girlfriend holds the answers to his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 19, 2015
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Gabriel" exhibits a welcome understanding of the broken, and the ripple effect of their pain.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Gabriel, the first feature written and directed by Lou Howe, gives Culkin an opportunity to demonstrate serious range, and he takes full advantage; if this film doesn't ignite his career, it'll only be because too few people see it.

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Ray Pride

[A]ll is transcended when an actor like Rory Culkin sets to a role with such ardor, such wide-eyed, hollow-faced habitation... Gabriel pulses with its protagonist's eddying damage... suicidal urges, meds-shedding and diverse bipolar-inflected woes.

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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times

This film maintains its anxious themes throughout, which makes for some tedious stretches because the tension never breaks. Despite that, or maybe because of it, "Gabriel" is unexpectedly absorbing.

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Ronnie Scheib

Gabriel's dilemma, though suitably heartbreaking, and goosed along by Patrick Higgins' tension-stringed score, ultimately becomes as wearisome to viewers as it is to his exhausted clan.

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Alison Willmore

Gabriel is a showcase for Culkin, but it doesn't lose sight of the experiences of the characters' loved ones and the bone-deep exhaustion that comes with caring about him.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Rory Culkin's turn in the deeply felt and haunting "Gabriel" is so powerful you can't look away.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

The intense, uncomfortable drama's downbeat nature is offset to a degree by the sensitivity of its observation, but the film serves primarily as a showcase for the emotionally raw lead performance of Rory Culkin.

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Eric Kohn

"Gabriel" never entirely compliments its eponymous subject with a story that can match his erratic mentality, but Howe's restrained approach is refreshingly unsentimental, never once creating the possibility of an easy resolution to the situation.

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