Return (2012)

Back from a tour of duty, Kelli (Linda Cardellini) can't wait to rejoin her old life in the Rust Belt town in which she's always lived. She's ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life-the carpet under her bare feet,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2012
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Powered by a compelling central performance by Linda Cardellini, Return offers a painfully compelling look at the emotional struggles faced by war veterans.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Sincerity and restraint can be good things in independent movies, but not when you run the risk of putting the audience to sleep...

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

As a first feature, this is a great start.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

This quiet, naturalistic film has a classical arc and a lingering sting.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

With its modest scale and sharp observations, writer-director Liza Johnson's first feature has the quiet impact of a short story.

Richard Haridy

Return is a commendable, genuine, and simple drama that effectively highlights the intrinsic trauma soldiers face when trying to come to terms with the reality of life back home.

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Dana Stevens

Finally someone has written a really good role for Linda Cardellini -- a big, prickly, demanding role that puts her onscreen in literally every scene -- and it's a thrill to watch her operating at full throttle.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

You admire these characters for their considerable resilience while understanding that even the best-intentioned people can break under the stress.

Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Skipping the usual flashbacks-and-cold-sweats cliches, Return has an understated power, even if the story traverses pretty well-trodden ground.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Return" starts with Kelli(Linda Cardellini) coming home to Ohio after serving overseas in the army for a year. In the meantime, her husband… More
Daniel Parsons
Understated, impressive performance from Linda Cardellini. Review soon.