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: 36%

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"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
"There is strong character work in here, one or two genuinely touching moments, and some good laughs too."
‑ Martin Roberts, Fan The Fire
"Everything feels sketchy and unformed in a film with promising elements that fail to gel."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Gentle, warmly human dramedy about a massage therapist who suddenly can't stand to touch anyone... and about how we all need more care and attention than we get. Rosemarie DeWitt is heartbreakingly lovely."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"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, TheWrap
"Innocuous then, but sadly lacking the wit and insight of Shelton's far superior Your Sister's Sister."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Decent performances, but the film as a whole is a dramatic and thematic mess."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"It has moments that are vaguely amusing or mildly insightful but more often it feels sluggish and insubstantial."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
"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
"After a couple of gimmicky transgressive comedies (Humpday and Your Sister's Sister), writer-director Lynn Shelton takes a more observant approach this time."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The semi-improvised dialogue has the juicy tang of authenticity in the hands of this highly competent cast, and the players and Shelton never sneer at the characters' new-agey beliefs."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"One of the dangers of going for intimate is ending up inward-looking. Such is the problem facing writer/director Lynn Shelton's modest dramedy."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
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