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Biography, Drama, Sport

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

The critical consensus

While this doesn’t detract from Dr Omalu’s towering achievements, it does lend his story an uneasy, jingoistic tone at odds with his own liberal outlook.

**(*)(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 08/02/2016

A middle-of-the-road drama populated by stock characters.

**(*)(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 10/02/2016

Polemic and melodrama crash head on in the shocking but unsatisfactory Concussion.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 11/02/2016

Based on a true story, this drama about the doctor who challenged the NFL with evidence that the game is giving its players brain damage is shallow and unsatisfying.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/02/2016

Will Smith saves the day – and the film – as a whistle-blowing doctor in this true-life American Football drama.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 14/02/2016

Features about Concussion

Hollywood tackles concussion head-on

BBC, 06/02/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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