Rated NR

This film does something I wish more films would do: focus on people who haven’t just received a high-wax buff and gloss at the local plastic surgery-ateria. Cyndi Williams (no, not Cindy Williams) stars as an impoverished woman working a dead-end job at a bingo parlor. She also suffers from crippling migraines and strange visions of an empty room. One day, she leaves her husband and daughter, steals a few thousand dollars and heads to New York. Williams is perfect in the lead, and the sleazy sets and natural acting make for some arresting scenes, including one of my favorite things that movies always fail to do: show romantic and erotic interactions between people who aren’t supermodels. Unfortunately, the film’s central conceit has something to do with psychic visions, and it’s a real drag. Every plot element would have worked fine without this, but the filmmakers apparently thought the audience was too dumb to enjoy a movie about a middle-aged woman’s pain and longing without throwing in some cheap-ass horror-movie effects. Whatever, Room is still more than worth seeing, and it really shows an important and interesting aspect of American life that is simply never represented on film.


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Inlander Locked Down Room is a fascinating and original psychological drama by Marjorie Baumgarten 12/03/2015
Charleston City Paper Don't believe the hype about the indie drama Room I am supposed to absolutely love Lenny Abrahamson's Room, the high-concept art film of the year. I am supposed to be moved by it and, well, shattered by the experience. I am also prepared for some hard-core vilification because I am not. by Ken Hanke 11/11/2015
Connect Savannah Review: Room Room should not be missed, and for all the unease it stirs, it’s ultimately a powerful tale of that indestructible love that can exist between mother and child. by Matt Brunson 11/10/2015
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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Room Lenny Abrahamson’s haunting film is uneven, but features two Oscar-ready performances by Ken Korman 11/16/2015
Boise Weekly So Many Great Films, So Little Time "That has been the case for a while now. Honestly, I wish the movie studios could spread them out a bit. This time of year I wish I had six screens." by George Prentice 01/13/2016
Seven Days Room by Rick Kisonak 01/20/2016

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