Ripple Effect
Ripple Effect (2008)

Philippe Caland directs and stars in this karmic drama about a hip, new age clothing designer from Lebanon who attempts to engineer redemption after realizing that a mistake from his past may have destroyed his entire future. Amer Atrash… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Starts with a not-very-original insight and takes too many shortcuts delivering it.

Kam Williams

Kudos to writer/director/co-star Philippe Caland for crafting such a refreshingly unpredictable cautionary tale and for coaxing inspired performances from an A-list cast which inludes by Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver.

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Adam Clement
Boxoffice Magazine

Nothing more than an elongated soap opera, sans the self-awareness.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Several ordinarily banal movies soldered into one amazingly bad one.

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Thank God Whitaker is here to bring a bit of real pathos and ambiguity to his role as the spiritual guide who's gained wisdom through adversity, because without his Oscar-winning chops, this exercise in pop mysticism would have been too painful to bear.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

After a bumpy start, Ripple Effect begins to show why Whitaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver signed on as executive producers and co-stars.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

I understand Amer is supposed to be going through some sort of spiritual crisis here, but Caland plays him as so self-centered and precious that it's impossible to feel any sympathy for him.

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