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Increasingly anxious about his impending marriage to Nat (Rashida Jones) and thoroughly bored with his day job as a wedding photographer, Theo (Chris Messina) establishes a hobby: he's hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy exhibitionist (Meital Dohan) leads him into an all-consuming obsession. As Theo stalks her day and night, the woman's mysterious public trysts send him reeling, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home. MONOGAMY is an acutely observed portrait of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The conceit is a decent idea for a thriller, if not a terribly original one, but Shapiro loses the rhythm with a plodding story and a pat ending we can see coming a mile away."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Shapiro puts his own stamp on voyeur cinema."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Monogamy asks us to root for lovers who seem disinterested in their own future."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Jones has little to do besides look fed up, and justifiably so."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"You may just want to forget about any sort of cinematic monogamy and find another movie to see."
‑ Pete Hammond, Back Stage
"Monogamy is a tough little movie. And a good one."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"I walked away from the film disappointed, but there are some powerful ideas and performances buried somewhere in here, underneath the performance art itches."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Despite the pseudo-vérité style, the convincing improvised dialogue, and its intimations of Blow-Up and The Conversation, Monogamy never quite makes a full commitment."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Demonstrates what you miss in a relationship when you're lost in your own head, and what might not be there when you come back."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"There are certain filmmakers who should have their Cassavetes card revoked, and on the evidence of "Monogamy,'' Dana Adam Shapiro has joined their ranks."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"With modest resources, some nice digital camerawork and an appealing cast -- the likable Ms. Jones draws you in easily -- Mr. Shapiro keeps you engaged even when his story falters."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"This indie film about a young couple with various commitment issues is written with a lot of snap, crackle and pop culture cool."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The real star of the film, however, is Shapiro who, despite treading on marginally derivative subject matter, demonstrates a solid sense of style and a refreshingly delicate hand with actors."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Music supervisor Bernheim and DP Doug Emmett are able to choreograph the action in conjunction with the music to generate fantastic resonance in the scenes."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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