Gabriel (2015)

Gabriel is a heartfelt portrait of a vulnerable teen at his psychological breaking point, struggling to keep it together in the wake of his father's suicide. Convinced that reunioting with his ex-girlfriend holds the answers to his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 19, 2015
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Gabriel" exhibits a welcome understanding of the broken, and the ripple effect of their pain.

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Matt Zoller Seitz

Is "Gabriel" trying to say anything about mental illness, or society's attitude toward it? I don't think so, and that's probably for the best, because it's a big part of what makes the movie so refreshing.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

[Writer/Director Lou] Howe should be commended for taking on such a mature project that has its moments of intrigue, but Gabriel just never quite gets there.

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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

Gabriel is a showcase for Culkin, but it doesn't lose sight of the experiences of the characters' loved ones and the bone-deep exhaustion that comes with caring about him.

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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times

This film maintains its anxious themes throughout, which makes for some tedious stretches because the tension never breaks. Despite that, or maybe because of it, "Gabriel" is unexpectedly absorbing.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

Gabriel watches, ponders and ultimately avoids an arc required to elegantly resolve the story.

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Eric Kohn

"Gabriel" never entirely compliments its eponymous subject with a story that can match his erratic mentality, but Howe's restrained approach is refreshingly unsentimental, never once creating the possibility of an easy resolution to the situation.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Rory Culkin's turn in the deeply felt and haunting "Gabriel" is so powerful you can't look away.

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Ray Pride

[A]ll is transcended when an actor like Rory Culkin sets to a role with such ardor, such wide-eyed, hollow-faced habitation... Gabriel pulses with its protagonist's eddying damage... suicidal urges, meds-shedding and diverse bipolar-inflected woes.

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