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On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, Coherence is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.

Actors: Maury Sterling , Lorene Scafaria , Alex Manugian , Lauren Maher , Elizabeth Gracen , Nicholas Brendon , Emily Baldoni , Hugo Armstrong
Directors: James Ward Byrkit
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2014-08-06
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  • Mike D'Angelo

    Shot over five nights in a single location, and almost entirely improvised, Coherence is no-budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • William Goss

    Coherence presents a far-fetched premise at the outset, only to slyly smuggle in some remarkably relatable matters of the heart along the way.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    If Rod Serling had hired Robert Altman to direct a "Twilight Zone" episode, it might have turned out something like this.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The result is an uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects — of which there are basically none — but on heavy doses of paranoia.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    The wordy end product may be short on demons and murderous droids, yet Coherence is a satisfying and chilling addition to the ever-growing pal-ocalypse subgenre.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    A low-budget, highconcept WTF thriller that might have been conceived by Rod Serling in the heyday of his Twilight Zone series. Spread the word.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    An ambitious physics and time-bending, relationship drama with solid performances from the two main characters.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Byrkit’s film is very much its own thing. It’s an urbane dinner-party movie that turns into something magnificent, terrible, and strange – and yet it never quite stops being an urbane dinner-party movie, never lets up its tone of ironic refinement. Coherence is a gentle film, but you walk away from it with your brain on fire.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    An ingenious micro-budget science-fiction nerve-jangler which takes place entirely at a suburban dinner party, Coherence is a testament to the power of smart ideas and strong ensemble acting over expensive visual pyrotechnics.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Writer/director James Ward Byrkit, in his feature debut, achieves effective chills with only eight actors and a living room, intermixing quantum physics (shout-outs range from Schrödinger’s cat to “Sliding Doors”) with the very mundane human tendency toward bad judgment calls in a crisis.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Nick Prigge

    The film's impression of personas is less traditionally sinister than representative of its inquiry into identity and what happens when social barriers begin to fall away.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    After the fundamental problem of Coherence has become clear, or clear-ish – there’s another dinner party, at that other house, that looks an awful lot like this one – the movie becomes slightly too much like an unfolding mathematical puzzle, although an ingenious one that reaches a chilling conclusion. Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    The performances... are solid, and the conceit is alluringly mind-bending without ever seeming off-puttingly brainy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Byrkit’s parable about choices and how they make us who we are has an eerie potency.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Patrick Gamble

    Coherence is a debut of tremendous ambition and potential, yet sadly, despite some genuine moments of tension, the film ironically makes too many wrong turns and its convoluted themes fail to coalesce on a human level, tempering the initial intrigue and culminating in a plaintive sense of admiration, rather than enraptured adulation.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Its success may depend on how alert you’re feeling, but for once you can’t complain that a movie hasn’t given your synapses a thorough workout.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Byrkit and his actors successfully build a sense of tension, and then dread, from what appears to be an extremely limited budget. Indeed, the movie was shot primarily in his own living room.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    For a sci-fi indie of vast ambition but limited means, Coherence does a sterling job with coherence.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    It feels like this is a short film idea stretched to feature length, and the padding doesn't work.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    At some point, though, Mr. Byrkit turns one too many corners (characters, meanwhile, begin bustling in and out of rooms like Marx Brothers extras), and what began as a nifty puzzle feels more like a trap.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The one thing Coherence needs most is that word that gives it its title.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Coherence devolves into a noisy, cluttered portrait of dysfunction, all clenched fists and shouted expletives. The twists may be novel, but the talk, and the upshot, are all too dispiritingly familiar.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    The Rod Serling tension Byrkit is angling for never quite arrives, nor does any real Borgesian frisson. But thanks to its social setting, it does offer a vivid and perhaps intentional satirical portrait of L.A. culture.

    Village Voice Full Review
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