Restless (2011)

Annabel Cotton (Mia Wasikowska) is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life and the natural world. Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper) is a young man who has dropped out of the business of living, after an… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mia Wasikowska puts in a nuanced performance but nobody else, actors and directors included, are capable of finding a compelling angle beneath the twee veneer.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think "Restless" is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

This low-budget movie takes its time filling in the backgrounds of its characters. That works for a while, but when it's over you may wonder if that's all there is.

Yasmin Shehab

... the film isn't all that bad. It just requires an affinity for saccharine and a certain level of suspension of disbelief...

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

All surface, no thought and quite horribly empty.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Restless" exudes the maturity that eludes Mr. Van Sant's previous fusions of youth and death. It's too bad he still hasn't learned to shower his female leads with the same adoring attention he lavishes on his male ones.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Restless is consciously lovely in the face of death. How rare.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Van Sant lays on the whimsy with a trowel; Wasikowska's quirky thrift-store wardrobe and twinkling performance are enough to trigger migraines.

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Will Leitch

This movie pretends it's about death -- our couple meets because Enoch crashes funerals, a literary device that has no relevance here -- but it never scratches past the perfect pale void faces of its leads.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A detestable and irritating indie film full of indie clichés from beginning to end, and it seems to exist only to test the viewer's patience and ability to… More
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Chris Weber
This is basically a contemporary take on Harold and Maude. For that reason, I was rather hesitant to see this, mostly because Harold and Maude is an amazing… More
paul sandberg
I'm caught in a dilemma here, wanting to judge this film from an indie perspective and sensibility; at which point I would give this a fairly good passing… More
Nicki Marie
Nicely acted and looks great. Mia Wasikowska is outstanding here. Story is a little slow, probably the worst thing I could say. I can see why some would not… More
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Jane Adams, Schuyler Fisk, Ryo Kase, Rachel Cotton, Chin Han Director: Gus Van Sant Summary: After she is diagnosed with… More