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The critical consensus

It sparkles with some genuinely hilarious moments and, unlike mainstream comedy dramas these days, things don't pan out the way you'd expect.

****(*)Daily Record, 10/09/2010

Top-rate cast keep discomforting drama grounded in reality

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 09/09/2010

This goes for naturalistic acting and wry observation, and doesn't quite give us enough of anything.

**(*)(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 09/09/2010

The Duplasses' technical clumsiness is clearly a badge of authenticity and their well-acted movie is affecting and truthful.

Philip French, The Observer, 12/09/2010

Don’t expect big laughs, but several smiles and more than a few squirms are guaranteed.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 09/09/2010

There are very few films, of whatever type, that actually surprise us, so when one does come along it's tempting to whoop.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 10/09/2010

In the hands of conventional filmmakers, this would be just another high-concept comedy bearing no resemblance to real life, but the Duplasses focus on drawing believable characterisation from their actors in even the broadest comic scenarios, resulting in supremely awkward but breathtakingly truthful comedy.

****(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 07/09/2010

Cyrus deserves credit for having some modest ambition, but it isn't the Daddy.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 07/09/2010

As for the Duplass brothers, they've managed to make a mainstream, accessible film that subverts some the conventions of the genre they're working in without losing their voice. You can't ask for more than that.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/09/2010

It’s funny, but edgy, too: you feel as if something very bad could happen.

***(*)(*)Marc Lee, The Telegraph, 10/09/2010

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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