Touchy Feely
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TOUCHY FEELY is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite its hints of New Age mysticism and serviceable performances from an able cast, Touchy Feely is too entrenched in its dour tone to be uplifting."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A work that gestures toward depths without truly plumbing them."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"The acting in this film is superb by the entire cast. The characters are well-drawn, well-meaning and interesting. There is no real villain here."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
""Touchy Feely" is light entertainment and well-acted. But, beyond that, pretty shallow."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"There are some wonderful moments scattered throughout and a fantastically awkward performance by Josh Pais, but otherwise Touchy Feely is something of a mess."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The actors are all first-rate and the performances are fascinating, though Shelton, who shuns exposition, makes you work to figure out the interrelationships."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The kind of film that makes you wish they had perfected choose-your-own-adventure technology for movies, one that would allow you to ditch the central character and follow any number of the story's more interesting second bananas."
‑ Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
"This is a film that skims over the surface of something interesting but never gets at it. The energy passages remain stubbornly closed."
‑ Jay Stone,
"The result is a disjointed and inconsequential film whose chakras are in urgent need of realignment."
‑ Emma Myers, Film Comment Magazine
"A sharp ensemble cast cannot rescue this woefully contrived drama about a family struggling with connections and commitment."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"There's something fresh and new here, something that wasn't so dominant in [Shelton's] previous work."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Shelton is more observant than she is deep, and her filmmaking can be undisciplined, but the movie's rambling, episodic rhythms do seem in tune with the nebulous stasis that infects everyone in Abby's orbit."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"About as much fun as a dental visit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Writer/director Lynn Shelton has yet to disappoint."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"It's an enjoyable dark comedy, although as it centres on the awkwardness between these people, the film never quite resolves into something meaningful."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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