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Breathe In

Drama . Romance

When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever.

Actors: Guy Pearce , Felicity Jones , Amy Ryan , Mackenzie Davis , Kyle MacLachlan , Alexandra Wentworth , Lucy Davenport , Hugo Becker , Ben Shenkman , Brendan Dooling
Directors: Drake Doremus
Country: USA
Release: 2013-07-19
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  • Kenneth Turan

    The exquisitely calibrated Breathe In explores such a fraught mutual passion with honesty, intimacy and complete emotional involvement.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Intimate, expressive, agonizing and beautifully rendered.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Swinging it to compelling are irresistible performances from Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    While the plot — too low-key to be called a thriller — points toward obvious extramarital cliches, delicate changes in the overall mood reveal deeper truths.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeremy Kay

    The story of the ingenue who enters the fold and awakens deep feelings is nothing new, but Doremus makes it all utterly captivating. He mines just the right amount of drama and spontaneous comedy from each moment and the foreshadowing is perfectly weighted.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Top performances by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, though, make the film emotionally rich.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The May-December romance is an overworked genre, but steady hands guide this one with intelligence to a sad but satisfactory conclusion.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Buoyed by some nicely nuanced performances (especially by Pearce and Amy Ryan as his dream-dashing wife), Breathe In never quite rises above its predictable potboiler premise.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    What distinguishes Breathe In from countless similar movies about marital discontent and disruption is the restraint with which the story is handled, the subtlety of its performances and its almost perverse refusal to turn into a prurient, heavy-breathing examination of adultery and its consequences.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Director Drake Doremus confirms his knack for pinpointing subtle emotional tremors on fragile personal landscapes, even if some too-easy coincidences and pat dramatic moments chip away at the compressed story's credibility.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    To be fair, Breathe In may hit a lot of familiar beats, but none of them are entirely unwelcome.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    Breathe In is all simmer, no boil, despite an abrupt, overwrought, agonizing emotional climax that’s too much, too late.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A romantic melodrama that’s so well-cast and acted and made with such loving care that you could almost forgive how long it takes to get to its obvious conclusion, how melodramatic the whole “sordid” affair is.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    For all the obviousness on the surface, and despite some forced last-act havoc, Breathe In works like a piece of chamber music. It goes up to the edge of emotion, circles it, then backs away. But the notes not hit seem as powerful as the ones that are.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Doremus is an exceptional director of actors; almost every scene in Breathe In comes alive, with or without the help of music. But the film needs more help than it gets from the script, which turns on facile coincidence and dwindles in originality as it moves toward its climax. Next time around, let's hope this gifted filmmaker hangs his characters' lives on stronger dramatic bones.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Leba Hertz

    Although Jones and Pearce are interesting when onscreen alone, their chemistry is slightly off.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    At every possible turn, the film chooses to take the dumbest and most reductive path. It remains semi-watchable nonetheless, which is a testament to the skill of its four lead actors, who valiantly struggle to remain truthful.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The whole thing unspools at such an unremittingly earnest pitch that it leaves you groping under your seat for a ventilator.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The result puts a handful of good actors on autopilot, maneuvering around Intro To Screenwriting character beats, occasionally accompanied by sappy piano music.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sherilyn Connelly

    Drake Doremus's Breathe In is a star-crossed romance where your enjoyment level will depend on your tolerance for what feels an awful lot like potential statutory rape.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

    Seemingly high-brow because it's so low-key, but underneath that veneer is an inert, thinly plotted melodrama premised on trite characterizations that would be offensive if they weren't so absurd.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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