(II) (2010)

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80
This intense drama co-starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and writer-director Leland Orser is at times too minimalistic for its own good, but it has a powerful emotional immediacy that fully grips the viewer by the time it reaches its wrenching conclusion.
75
Sensitively written and carefully directed with keenly observed nuance by Leland Orser, who also plays the grief-stricken husband driven to the brink of madness by the sudden death of his son, it’s a film that touches the heart with the tenderness of understatement.
75
On the surface, this may seem like a bleak film, because it's so raw. But ultimately this is a movie about the mysterious ways in which we find a path toward healing, and its beautiful final moments stay with you.
60
Acute emotional honesty and a frustrating narrative coyness coincide in Morning.
60
An initially intriguing but ultimately exhausting tale of grieving parents left quite literally dazed and confused in the wake of their young son’s death.
40
Time Out
As an exercise in grief, Orser’s drama is affecting, exhausting and something of a shortcut.
40
The movie gets too claustrophobic, while its noble attempt to take on suffering remains laudable.
38
It often seems like an acting workshop: Behave as if you are the parent of a dead child.
10
Village Voice
It's a mannered, over-the-top approximation of real anguish and hopelessness that's so phony that it's borderline insulting to those who've truly experienced such tragedy.

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