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A headstrong Irish housewife finds her life transforming in ways she never thought possible after her husband suffers a life-altering stroke, and an American doctor arrives to chronicle the family's recovery process in this intimate drama from director Steph Green (whose short film New Boy was nominated for an Oscar in 2007). In the wake of her husband's stroke, loving wife and mother Vanetia (Maxine Peake) gradually comes to realize that her household will never be the same again. Much to Vanetia's relief, a research grant from American doctor Ted Fielding (Will Forte) provides… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-director Steph Green develops it so patiently and notes its emotional dislocations so carefully that it never descends into cliche."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's sensitive and winsome, like a modestly budgeted independent film should be."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"In detailing the different ways that people can react to a common problem, the film does a good job of illustrating the social difficulties that emerge when layers of performance break down"
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Whether it's possible to go on loving somebody who's no longer himself is a momentous question that this movie largely ducks, ultimately providing an answer that seems imposed from without rather than arrived at organically."
‑ Sam Adams, The Dissolve
"A tour de force performance by Maxine Peake as an energetic, vibrant and loving Irish wife and mother dealing with a tough transition at home."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Insightful and often touching ..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
""Run & Jump" is surprisingly alive, full of jolts and unexpected bursts of humor and earned emotion."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"Despite the strain on the family, ultimately this is a tender story told with heart, humour, and Irish charm."
‑ Yasmin Ali, The Skinny
""Run & Jump" turns out to be more emotionally satisfying by not providing simplistic cures for serious maladies."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"With a rooted sense of place, Irish import Run & Jump flirts with being a lot of different things, but succeeds in being none of them."
‑ Brent Simon,
""Run & Jump" pretty much paints itself into a corner, but it has a nice time getting there."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Run & Jump" is as real and messy as life itself."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"I'm really liking Will Forte's dramatic efforts. While on the subject of Will, I just want to say that his Potato Chip Thief sketch on SNL was brilliant."
‑ Bob Grimm, Tucson Weekly
"The movie is too pleasant, too sweet and too tidily assembled given the central trauma."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Forte's strength in playing awkward characters works to his advantage."
‑ Kyle Ryan, AV Club
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