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An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.

Actors: Heather Lind , Naomi Watts , Chris Cooper , Jake Gyllenhaal , Judah Lewis , C.J. Wilson , Polly Draper , Malachy Cleary , Debra Monk , Wass Stevens
Directors: Jean-Marc Vallée
Country: USA
Release: 2016-04-08
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  • Gregory Ellwood

    This sort of storyline could go wrong very quickly, but thanks to some fortuitously funny moments, Vallee’s assured direction and Gyllenhaal’s spectacular performance it’s surprisingly compelling. And, let’s be absolutely clear: it’s Gyllenhaal who keeps it all together.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Gyllenhaal grounds Davis’ wildly unraveling psyche, finding both the humor and heart in a man who admits to having spent the past 10 to 12 years incapable of feeling.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jordan Mintzer

    It’s a unique take on what could otherwise be a morbidly depressing tale of loss and grief, dishing out tons of energy and spats of devilish humor, though not always fitting its numerous parts into a succinct whole.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Demolition spends its goodwill early on, eventually giving itself over to cheap-feeling twists and a problematic final act.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Though it’s laudable that Vallée and his cast tried not to make just another story about someone wallowing in his grief, their alternative coddles Davis’s mourning with a rampant colourfulness that’s suffocating.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Stuffed with so many strenuous editing ideas you suspect the influence of something illegal, Demolition is mainly casting about for a point, when it doesn’t feel like a wrecking ball aimed squarely at itself.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Benjamin Lee

    A frustratingly aimless soul-search that veers uncomfortably between quirk and melancholy.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    The film’s attempted cathartic payoff is inauthentic and unearned, and it’s a shame considering that Gyllenhaal once again gives a committed turn.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Vallée's movie itself begins falling apart after being so artfully put together. Yet Gyllenhaal's performance is the center that holds, making Davis' melancholic obsession and irrational acts seem like the sanest things anyone could do. His disintegration is the actor's triumph.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    The trouble here is that neither Bryan Sipe, who wrote this highly original script, nor Vallée, remain true to the bitter whimsy with which they began.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sarah Kurchak

    Much like the characters themselves, all of these off-kilter and seemingly disparate elements come together far better than they should and something just a little beautiful happens as a result.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Demolition strikes a tricky balance; it’s a comedy of manners that never judges its hero’s bizarre behavior. Had it stuck to its emotional guns, it would stand much taller, but even its ultimate flaws can’t erode its sturdy foundation.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The oddball grief drama Demolition proves that an actor who could easily be dismissed as just another watchable face is actually possessed of subtle, fascinatingly protean chops.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    What keeps you interested in Demolition is accompanying Davis as he solves the mystery of himself. What keeps you checking your watch is that the character’s not terribly interesting to begin with.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Demolition, written by Bryan Sipe is, like director Jean-Marc Vallée’s previous films “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” a tale of interior repair sought through obsessive and near-penitential acts, but it’s stranger and at times more interesting than those other two.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    By the end, it’s falling apart under the weight of all the extraneous divergings, but thanks to Gyllenhaal’s performance, Demolition stands out as a powerful meditation on the unhinging effects of deep grief.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    Vallée’s post-traumatic stress comedy is more scientific than genuinely moving. Nevertheless, Gyllenhaal continues his post-Nightcrawler upgrade with another vivid performance in the key of strange.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    As scripted by Bryan Sipe, Demolition buries its lead actor under a rubble of clichés.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Gyllenhaal and Watts's yin-yang performances help things along.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It feels very much like part of a big-screen franchise. Couple it with such films as "Donnie Darko" and "Nightcrawler," and you've got a series that collectively could be titled "Inside Jake Gyllenhaal's Head."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Unfortunately Jean-Marc Vallée’s film doesn’t measure up to Gyllenhaal’s performance.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Jake Gyllenhaal’s wild-card performance is the only reason to bother with "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée’s manipulative downer.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The best I can say is that it’s another tour de force for Gyllenhaal, although his intensity isn’t matched by the movie itself, which sacrifices much of its power by too often settling for easy, nut-brain effects.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Despite a few electric moments, the movie never makes anything of its stylized displays of frustration, ending in a whiff of narrative and emotional cop-outs. Say what you will about "American Beauty," but at least it had a climax.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s an indulgent movie, drifting through grief on a sea of cliches.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    There is much to savor here, especially the unforced performance of Judah Lewis — one more recruit to the terrific roster of younger actors who are streaming into the movies. Yet the film lacks the courage of its affliction.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    While Watts is reliably vulnerable, it’s Judah Lewis as her son Chris who does the heavier emotional lifting. Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Vallée, working from a script by Bryan Sipe, packs in too many symbols and potent signifiers – some are harmless, others are literally sledgehammer heavy. The movie doesn’t need all that when it’s got Gyllenhaal.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    When humor is served black, they call it dramedy. When it's done in this movie, I call it indigestible.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Offbeat and unpredictable, Demolition takes a wrecking ball to audience expectations.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Gyllenhaal certainly holds the screen; at this point in his career, he has found a way to rise above whatever needs rising above. But midway through Demolition, I longed for a sequel to "Nightcrawler" instead.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Demolition is a rarity: A film with a profound emotional truth at its heart that lies to us, scene by scene, from start to finish.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    There’s nothing wrong with stretching audience credibility, but, to quote another movie that dabbles in the highly improbable, these things must be done delicately.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The filmmakers insert their own bulldozer midway through the story, rendering the metaphoric literal and the literal absurd.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    It takes its literalism to such an extreme that, at points, it's difficult to determine whether or not the film is operating with a semblance of irony.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Daniel Schindel

    Demolition might just be this year’s poster child for disaffected faux-indie insincerity.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Demolition is a well-meaning misfire, terribly earnest but unconvincing for all of that.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Demolition is a wreck.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Demolition founders and its overt symbolism feels forced instead of organic. The production is uncomfortable and artificial, lacking internal logic and tonal consistency.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    What a mess. What a pretentious, uneven, off-putting, not-nearly-as-clever-as-it-thinkd-it-is MESS.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Demolition is so busy trying to be profound, the film doesn’t have much use for humor.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Mr. Gyllenhaal’s strong performance still doesn’t add enough substance to a film that is hollow at the center. It’s mostly the fault of Mr. Sipe, who seems to believe that saying nothing is saying something.

    The New York Times Full Review
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