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826 Ratings


Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama


Investment banker Davis Mitchell returns to work after losing his beloved wife in a tragic car accident. One day he comes across Karen, a customer service rep from the company. As his new friendship with the woman and her son grows, Mitchell finds the strength he needs to rebuild his life.

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Demolition Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Vallée’s directing has a transparent simplicity in its attention to characters and story while also continuing to explore subjective point of views and editing. Demolition is Vallée’s greatest film as it combines the best qualities of Café de flore and Dallas Buyers Club. It’s his most free spirited film with one the great new American actors. The music in it, as you could expect, is great too.
September 19, 2015
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[Davis] has to break down his life and rebuild it in order to feel something, and it’s hard not to sense that Vallée and Sipe are doing the same thing with their film, presenting pieces in search of a whole. And while these fragments don’t all quite come together, Demolition does close out with a series of emotional bursts that have an undeniable cumulative power and retroactively justify its hesitant, disconnected quality. Amazingly, if awkwardly, the experiment works.
April 08, 2016
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Vallée, working from a script by Bryan Sipe, packs in too many symbols and potent signifiers—some are harmless, others are literally sledgehammer heavy. The movie doesn’t need all that when it’s got Gyllenhaal. Davis was in the car during the accident that killed his wife, but he emerged with barely a scratch. All of his damage is on the inside, and Gyllenhaal expresses that in controlled doses.
April 07, 2016
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