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Everybody Has a Plan (15)

Everybody Has a Plan (15)

Crime, Drama

A man who assumes the identity of his deceased twin in Argentina.

The critical consensus

It’s kind of remarkable that a female writer-director (Ana Piterbarg) has turned out a film with such passive, sketchy female characters; but that’s not the worst of this film’s problems.

**(*)(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 16/04/2013

The tools are here for a great atmospheric noir, but although Viggo broods terrifically, the film is a little underwhelming in the plot and plan department.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 25/05/2013

By relying so intently on her star to keep our interest, Piterbarg has a chance to quietly build up a sense of place, which gives the film a lived in quality that at least feels genuine, even if the story doesn’t.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 31/05/2013

Mortensen is on top form - twice over - but while the noir mood gathers like a black cloud, the story frustrates.

***(*)(*)Andrew Osmond, Empire Online, 31/05/2013

Everybody Has A Plan possesses the film noir elements that might have worked for Robert Mitchum in the Fifties but writer/director Ana Piterbarg lacks the confidence and conviction to pull it off.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 31/05/2013

The film, perhaps modelling itself on Antonioni's The Passenger, is stronger on atmosphere than plot, though committed support work from Castiglione and Villamil (The Secret in their Eyes) as Agustin's wife keep the attention tightly focused.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 31/05/2013

It is a strange film, and you have to let it grow on you: a drama with the premise of a high-concept thriller, but the drifting feel of arthouse realism.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/05/2013

The atmosphere can be cut with a machete, but the plausibility resides in Mortensen's distinctive performances rather than in the narrative itself.

Philip French, The Observer, 02/06/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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