Encounter

critic Reviews

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    Dwight BrownNational Newspaper Publishers Association
    The script (Joe Barton, Michael Pearce) and dull direction (Pearce) carreen from contorted moment to improbable situation with no sense of reality or purpose.
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    Chris BarsantiSlant Magazine
    In spite of the film's troublingly naïve take on mental trauma, Riz Ahmed vividly and empathetically captures a man's wounded soul.
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    Todd McCarthyDeadline Hollywood Daily
    The excitement and good will so effectively built up in the first hour are distressingly dissipated thereafter; given the material, the film is 20 minutes too long for its own good, a programmer artificially inflated to grade-A status.
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    Hanna FlintTime Out
    Pearce shows both a visual and thematic appreciation for genre films in all sorts of endearing and enigmatic ways.
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    Steve PondTheWrap
    For a film that tries to be a bravura piece of genre-hopping cinema, "Encounter" too often feels confused rather than assured.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    [Riz Ahmed's] work alone almost makes this worth seeing, but only to imagine the better movie that could have contained it.
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    Jennifer HeatonAlternative Lens
    This really could have been something special, but it's instead pretty average despite its excellent pedigree.
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    Martin TsaiCritic's Notebook
    Mr. Ahmed again evokes the expected degree of compassion for a disabled character. But unlike "Sound of Metal," "Encounter" is a movie that stigmatizes.
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    Kristen MaldonadoKristen Maldonado
    The young actors who played Riz Ahmed's sons -- Lucian-River Chauhan and Aditya Geddada -- stole this film. They were so good. I really believed them.
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    Stephen DaltonThe Film Verdict
    Strong performances from Riz Ahmed and his young co-stars elevate this twisty sci-fi chase thriller.
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