Scores a 6 on IMDb and 56 Metacritic.
"This is a film that explores a relationship that becomes defined by infidelity and tragic events from the past, and how two people attempt to look to a better future together, all the while knowing that permanent damage has likely already been done."
"But [Michael] Shannon is such a magnetic actor, with the ultimate thousand-yard stare that it becomes impossible to look away when heís on screen."
A female reviewer sees "misogyny" here "But itís the filmís reliance on outdated notions of gender expectations and terrible ideas about the realities of womenís lives that make it such an infuriating experience." "Is she in pain? Or is she a lying, conniving bi#ch?" Misogyny does not appear here in the love story between the main two people, but it appears in another relationship of the lead actress.
Shannon falls in love with Imogen Poots, who has a checkered past. Does she fall in love with him? That is the question.
This is no ordinary love story. I liked Shannon's realistic lines more than I did Poots's. The building of her character was more problematic, but in the end it made the grade; her acting helped.
The movie looks and feels noir. There is a pervasive atmosphere of failed love or struggling love or the chains of the past. There is quite a bit of tension when Shannon quietly seeks revenge. I last saw Shannon playing Kuklinski in "The Iceman". He has played Zod nicely too. My reaction 3 years ago was "'The Iceman' has a tremendous performance from Michael Shannon and good supporting performances from the cast." The man has what it takes on screen.