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When Kelli (Linda Cardellini, Freaks & Geeks, Brokeback Mountain) returns home from war, she expected to slowly but surely settle back into her life with her husband (Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire) and kids in the small town she grew up in. But she gradually realizes that the life she left behind is no longer there waiting for her. Depicting Kelli's struggle to find her place in a life she no longer recognizes, Linda Cardellini delivers a tour de force performance, leading an all-star cast that also includes John Slattery (Mad Men).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 39
- Fresh: 33
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: You admire these characters for their considerable resilience while understanding that even the best-intentioned people can break under the stress.
Fresh: With its modest scale and sharp observations, writer-director Liza Johnson's first feature has the quiet impact of a short story.
Fresh: Johnson's feel for the rhythms of reconnection are steady, and she and her fine actors make "Return" one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking reality.
Rotten: A bargain-budget bore by writer-director Liza Johnson about a female soldier back from a tour of active duty in Iraq who cannot adjust to life at home.
couldn't think of a better depiction of what its like to serve in the military. this movie is depressing and when it ends it just leaves you so saddened to think that our troops have to go through things like this..its sad. but it is a good movie. definitely worth the rent.
A sad but beautiful tale of a young woman that comes back from the war to find everyday life much harder than when she left. One of the best films I've seen in a while. Mark Shannon is fantastic!
Excellent movie concerning the home coming of a GI , a wife and mother. I think that while she is away fighting for whatever, everyone home also moves on with thier lives. She has difficulty stepping into her place as she left it for she too has moved on faster than those left behind. She is a WOMAN now not a dishwasher , baby changer, clothes folder. One of the better movies I have seen in a while.