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Disconnect

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes (115 minutes)

Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language, violence and drug use - some involving teens.

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

It's

Just

Better

At

Melodrama

Than

Drama.

3.5 out of 5

Disconnect Review

What's Good:
Melodramatic moments, and the whole storyline of the movie.
What's Bad:
Tempo of the movie, sometimes seems too slow or fragmented.
Verdict:
It's a movie about cybercrime; you may like or dislike it as it weighs heavily on melodrama to convey the plot.
Watch or Not:
Definitely watch it for some outlook on today's modern-age era! It's far better than today's non-thematic movies, re-makes or franchisee films.

Audience Ratings for Disconnect

48.0%
68 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.

Critics Reviews for Disconnect

71 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 21 | Positive Review: 15 | Negative Review: 6 | Average Rating: 3.6/5

"There wasn't a moment during this movie when I was thinking about anything other than this movie"
Critic Score: 5/5

April 12, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

One of the rare films that directly responds to and expresses modern anxieties.
Critic Score: 4/4

April 12, 2013 Full Review
Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A deeply flawed motion picture containing moments of brilliance that illustrate its strong thematic content.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 12, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

There's a movie to be made, perhaps, about the way that electronic devices have created distance between us. But it'd be better if not every story revolved around a crime.
Critic Score: 2/4

April 12, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Soulful though the film is, melodrama gradually sneaks in, and then it takes over.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

Not as bad as 'Crash,' but it sure as heck ain't good
Critic Score: 3.5/10

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com

What works is the uncomfortable intimacy of peering over the shoulders of, say, Patton when she watches YouTube videos of her dead son, and the shudder of recognition that our hard drives are our external consciences.
Critic Score: 3/5

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times

A bleak vision of life in the Internet age as an asocial network where faceless predators abound, heedless kids live secret lives, everything is phishy until proven otherwise and quests for love or intimacy lead to loneliness or grief.

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Rubin, the award-winning documentary filmmaker of Murderball, working with a script by Andrew Stern, is good with the details, and he gets strong performances from his cast in this, his debut feature.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Worst-case scenarios for our forays into chat rooms and social network sites are laid bare, as are the illegal and immoral contours of the digital landscape in this well-acted dramatic thriller.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

The film ominously conveys a world of too much information but too little communication, where people have become slaves to glowing hand-held devices that were designed to make life easier but have made it busier and more complicated.
Critic Score: 5/5

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Disconnect" is far from a bad movie. It's just better at melodrama than drama.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

This dour would-be art movie posits that social media might be alienating people from each other rather than bringing them together. (Spoiler alert: the title is a metaphor.)

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Ben Sachs
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[An] unsubtle but unsettling assessment of contemporary technology.
Critic Score: 3/5

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

I believed the lives of these people. I believed they'd do the drastic things they do in the face of crisis. I ached for them when things went terribly wrong and rooted for them when there were glimmers of hope.
Critic Score: 4/4

April 11, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

How a new director works with actors is telling, and the performances in Disconnect are first-rate all the way.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 10, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The thematic points are made clearly, with well-sustained tension and no shortage of dramatic impact. It's just that it's all a bit obvious ...

April 10, 2013 Full Review
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Responsible, riveting and intense, it's a film about cybercrime that left me shaking-the movie equivalent of sticking a wet finger into a hot socket.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 10, 2013 Full Review
Rex Reed
New York Observer

All the hand-wringing tech paranoia is merely an excuse for a microversion of Babel-like melodrama, one in which the loosely interwoven stories, regrettably, never add up to the sum of their parts.
Critic Score: 2/5

April 9, 2013 Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York

While well-crafted and at times moving, screenwriter Andrew Stern's cautionary tales can't help but feel behind the curve, the news they're so urgently sharing already fully absorbed by the culture.

April 9, 2013 Full Review
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Andrew Stern's overworked but oddly nonspecific script needs to be a lot savvier about contempo media culture to bear the didactic weight of its themes.

September 17, 2012 Full Review
Guy Lodge
Variety

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