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Zipper

6/10
Thriller . Drama
 

Sam Ellis is a man on the rise — a hot-shot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction — a new demon threatening to destroy his life, family, and career.

 
Actors: Penelope Mitchell , Christopher McDonald , Alexandra Breckenridge , Elena Satine , Dianna Agron , John Cho , Ray Winstone , Richard Dreyfuss , Lena Headey , Patrick Wilson
Directors: Mora Stephens
Country: USA
Release: 2015-08-28
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  • Chris Packham

    Wilson is a charismatic and underused actor, perfect here as a guy with a talent for convincing others of his virtue. Headey, as Sam's wife, creates a surprisingly complex portrait of a woman shattered by her husband but hungry for higher social position.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    The script, by Ms. Stephens and Joel Viertel, though lurching at times into overstatement, is enhanced with worthy if fleeting performances from John Cho and Christopher McDonald as Sam’s colleagues. Ray Winstone, as a journalist, effectively melds sleaze and compassion.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Headey is coolly fierce and shares some powerful moments with both Wilson and Winstone as the reporter who threatens to expose this juicy sex scandal. But these scattered pieces don’t create a complete and convincing picture.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    It wants for a keener vision of corrupted power, but at least Mora Stephens navigates her main character's sudden slew of infidelities without banalizing them.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    On all counts, Zipper comes up short.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little-seen, also politically themed debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s committed star turn.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    What’s ultimately frustrating about Zipper is that it seems like it has something important to say about infidelity and the sex industry, but can’t decide what that should be.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Zipper might be entertaining enough in a campy way for you to watch it on demand as long as you’ve got a really big bowl of popcorn and an even bigger glass of wine (or the non-alcoholic elixir of your choice) to get you through. Might. Be.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Instead of taking the audience in unfamiliar directions, filmmaker Mora Stephens (who wrote the script with Joel Viertel) is in such a heated rush to get to all the salacious bits, the story doesn't build crucial dramatic tension.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    There's neither topicality nor bite in this bland pseudo-thriller, which lathers on composer H. Scott Salinas' high-suspense score like shower gel after sweaty sex, yet rarely musters an ounce of genuine tension.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Oktay Ege Kozak

    A monologue delivered by a senator played by Richard Dreyfuss is so clunky, that he might as well have broken the fourth wall in order to make sure the audience understood that his speech was supposed to represent the a major theme in the story.

    The Playlist Full Review
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