A Short History Of Decay
A Short History Of Decay (2014)

When Nathan Fisher, a thirty-something Brooklyn writer with a stalled career, is dumped by his ambitious girlfriend, he doesn't know where to turn. Suddenly, he gets a call telling him his father has been hospitalized and races down to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 16, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although more than a little meandering and self-indulgent, the film is likeable nonetheless due to its incisive characterizations and canny capturing of true-life moments.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Not a lot happens, and yet, as in the best so-called "slice of life" stories, you feel one way of life ending and another struggling to be born. The little that happens is enough.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

There is nothing to inherently dislike in A Short History of Decay, but neither is there anything to love.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

While these loose ends might sound like scrambled bits out of an Eric Rohmer film, Mr. Maren's movie rather finds its groove in its humble domestic detail.

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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer

Modest but winsome.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Writer-director Michael Maren takes on a subject that is affecting baby-boomers all over the world...and he does so with a certain necessary seriousness and sensitivity. The problem here is that his film is neither very deep nor particularly moving.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Lavin is a treasure. But Erika is right - Nathan's neurotic self-indulgence strains our patience.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Maren's script isn't deep, but it's heartfelt without being sticky, suggesting that the best way to deal with aging parents is to savor every tender frustration while you can.

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David Ehrlich
The Dissolve

[The] film desperately tries to mine sweetness from the banality of life's endgame, but the falseness of its bittersweet storytelling only accentuates the misery.

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