Black Bear

Black Bear

Black Bear

Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West) leads this oddball drama as an actor-turned-director stuck in a creative glut. When she's joined by a couple at a rural retreat, her inner demons surface in unexpected ways. Co-stars Sarah Gadon (True Detective) and Golden Globe nominee Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night, TV's Girls).

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Black Bear / Reviews

Variety

Variety

This adventurous seriocomedy has enough surprising elements and off-kilter humor to keep one intrigued, even if the payoff is debatable.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A slippery psychological drama that starts out talky and perhaps intentionally distancing but becomes retroactively gripping once its big switch is revealed, this is a darkly playful deconstruction of the indie filmmaking process that digs into the artist-muse dynamic and the power structures in relationships, constantly teasing the viewer as to what's real and what's part of the writer character's imagination.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Throughout clever turns and twists of the plot, Levine presents a meditation and deconstruction on life imitating art and vice versa with a dash of Robert Altman and a nod to David Mamet as players fill in the story.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It’s often scathingly funny—a dark comic millennial spin on the Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? template, buoyed by three expertly modulated performances and acidic bon mots.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

As Levine unravels clever jabs and jibes at current culture — few recent features have so smartly picked apart both feminism and caveman culture with such insight and humor — tenuous bonds break down.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It’s brainy, sure, but the emotional experience is what’s most vivid. The plot beats may confound you, but the feelings behind them are crystal-clear.

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