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The Mend

Comedy . Drama

Mat and Alan, estranged brothers, reunite just before Alan leaves for a vacation with his girlfriend. When he returns sooner than expected without his girlfriend, Alan finds Mat and his family have moved into his apartment.

Actors: Josh Lucas , Stephen Plunkett , Lucy Owens , Mickey Sumner , Austin Pendleton , Cory Nichols , Sekou Laidlow , Louisa Krause , Leo Fitzpatrick , Sarah Steele , Lucy Owen
Directors: John Magary
Country: USA
Release: 2014-03-09
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  • Bilge Ebiri

    One of the very best American independent films you’ll see this year, John Magary’s The Mend, takes what could have easily been a mundane tale of brotherly dysfunction and turns it into something abstract and electrifying.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    It's a tough film to shake, a slice-of-life that slices, knifelike. It's a funny drama of brothers that first makes you hate its prickly leads but then, after steeping you in their bottomed-out day-to-day, might inspire you to hope for them.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Desplechin’s pictures can be as maddening as they are exhilarating, and the same is true of The Mend, which sometimes seems in danger of over dosing on its own stylistic flourishes. Nonetheless, it’s a hugely promising introduction to a director who’s just getting started.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    The Mend finds the truths that bind families together, but it knows that everyone has to hack their own path to get there.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    By turns opaque, harsh, self-aware, indulgent and wickedly funny. It's never dull, pummeling you with its prickly smarts.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Many a first-time film-maker thinks they are too good to follow any sort of rules, and blends genres by writing from a purely instinctual level. More often than not, the result is unpalatable. The Mend, somewhat miraculously, is here to buck the trend. Let’s just hope that not too many people decide to follow its lead.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    Directing his first feature after some shorts, John Magary digs into his characters with fresh eyes and a sly sense of adventure.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    When Magary’s dialogue gets a bit too theatrical and self-conscious in the final act, you notice just because of how strong it’s been for the previous 80 minutes. Full Review
  • Nick Prigge

    The film is defined by its staunch refusal to clarify its characters' emotional issues, marooning them instead in the messes those emotions have wrought.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • John DeFore

    A convincing and refreshingly indirect examination of handed-down emotional flaws.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    A terrific, quirky New York-set character piece.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Ill-defined, overlong and wandering with unlikable leads (even Alan is too feeble and useless to sympathize with), The Mend would be a disaster if it weren't for the fact that the lack of vision is marginally absorbing in a kind train wreck, “will this movie ever reveal what the hell it’s about?”-like manner.

    The Playlist Full Review
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