Breathe In
Breathe In (2014)

When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever. (C) Cohen

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Breathe In's plot never quite sparks the way it should, but it remains thoroughly watchable thanks to strong performances from Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

There's something flimsy and unformed at these characters' cores, something that no amount of jumpy close-ups, skittering sideways glances, and rainy music can make up for.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A breathy tale of a not-quite love affair, Drake Doremus' "Breathe In" is yet another skillfully acted indie drama that's never quite good enough to be memorable.

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

A sombre, low-key, male mid-life crisis drama, full of meaningful glances, unspoken resentment and underlying regret.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Buoyed by some nicely nuanced performances (especially by Pearce and Amy Ryan as his dream-dashing wife), Breathe In never quite rises above its predictable potboiler premise.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The superb acting can't turn narrative lead into gold with this story about the attraction of a foreign-exchange student pianist to her married host and teacher.

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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

Breathe In is at times melancholic and at others, too precious, which makes for a shaky film with some very good scenes.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Midlife crises, affairs, teen drinking, sex in indie drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Dann Michalski
A fairly mediocre melodrama, Breathe In is formulaic and clichéd. The story follows a high school music teacher and his family as they take in an exchange… More
Panta Oz
Director Drake Doremus is well known to the Sundance Film Festival audience. This is his third film to play at the festival. This love story/drama is starring… More
The Movie Waffler
Keith Reynolds (Pearce) is a music teacher in a local school in upstate New York. As a young man he dreamed of becoming a touring musician but put his… More
Christopher Haskell
Complex emotions and deep meanings are Doremus' forte, both of which are highly prevalent in his latest film, "Breathe In", an emotionally… More
Cameron Johnson
"Breathe, breathe in the air; don't be afraid to care!" Oh, please, people, you know that Pink Floyd was going to be worked in there somewhere,… More
Jason Szabo
Breathe In isn't a particularly bad film, but sadly isn't a particularly exciting one either. On the one hand, this succeeds - probably more than it… More