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Room

Joy, a young mother, raises her 5-year-old son in captivity. When he begins to ask her questions about the world beyond the single room that they know, she struggles to come up with answers. Their escape from the room signifies both a taste of freedom and an overwhelmingly vast reality.
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Entertainment Weekly by Chris Nashawaty

Room is more than the title of one of the year’s most powerful movies — it’s a state of mind that’s unbearably tense and as claustrophobic as a straitjacket
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Time Out by David Ehrlich

If Abrahamson were as gifted with a camera as he was with his cast (he inspires subtlety even from the tiny Tremblay), Room could have been truly worthy of the astonishing performances that provide its foundation.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Director Lenny Abrahamson seamlessly translates Donoghue's work into cinematic terms with his relentlessly compelling adaptation. However, the drama owes just as much to its two stars, Brie Larson and newcomer Jacob Tremblay, whose textured performances turn outrageous circumstances into a tense and surprisingly credible survival tale.
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Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Room is simply a movie about mother and son trying to adapt to the outside world after years of forced captivity. And the surprise is how succinctly it captures this drastic life change from the perspective of five-year-old.
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Variety by Justin Chang

It’s a testament to the story’s underlying integrity that, even when deprived of some of the elements that made Emma Donoghue’s 2010 book so gripping, director Lenny Abrahamson’s inevitably telescoped but beautifully handled adaptation retains considerable emotional impact.
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The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

There are some plausibility issues in Room, but this is a disturbing and absorbing film, shrewdly acted, particularly by Larson. It lets the audience in; it does not just let the nightmare stun them into submission. You make a real emotional engagement.
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The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

Room has unforgettable, must-witness performances, and its soulful mother and son narrative is one of the most touching dynamics you’ll see in theaters this year.
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The Telegraph by Tim Robey

It ought to be a triumph. Somehow, though, it lacks the flooding emotional force Donoghue gave it on the page.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Overall, it’s a decent shot at a tall target, but real credit is due the lead actors, with Larson expanding beyond the already considerable range she’s previously shown with an exceedingly dimensional performance in a role that calls for running the gamut, and Tremblay always convincing without ever becoming cloying.

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