Here’s What Critics Are Saying About ‘Demolition’

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Out This Weekend: ‘Demolition’
Who doesn’t love a heartfelt, uplifting movie with a fella like Jake Gyllenhaal at its center?

The leading man plays a widower starting over in the new drama Demolition, out this weekend.

After a long week, an uplifting film might just the thing to finish it off right. Jake Gyllenhaal’s new film has a lot of great actors and a lot of heart, but don’t take our word for it.

Here’s what critics are saying…

Vallée, working from a script by Bryan Sipe, packs in too many symbols and potent signifiers–some are harmless, others are literally sledgehammer heavy. The movie doesn’t need all that when it’s got Gyllenhaal.”

-Stephanie Zacharek, [Time Magazine]

“Mr. Gyllenhaal’s strong performance still doesn’t add enough substance to a film that is hollow at the center. It’s mostly the fault of Mr. Sipe, who seems to believe that saying nothing is saying something.”

-Stephen Holden, [New York Times]

“Gyllenhaal may be convin­cing, even sympathetic, as a man in the manic throes of guilt, regret and emotional isolation he can barely register, let alone articulate. But the story ultimately strands his character in another limbo state, albeit with slightly more optimistic prospects. Gyllenhaal’s admirably nimble performance deserved more.”

-Ann Hornaday, [The Washington Post]

“Gyllenhaal doesn’t really cut it in conventional movie-star roles, but this film makes superb use (as did Nightcrawler) of his ability to come across as a slightly misprogrammed android.”

-Kyle Smith, [New York Post]

“Gyllenhaal does his best to find the fun and the feeling in Brian Sipe’s quirk-riddled script. But director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) keeps pounding the point that Davis must destroy his old self to build a new one. It would be funny if it wasn’t so profoundly unprofound.”

-Peter Travers, [Rolling Stone]

“On the few occasions when Demolition sheds its shallow cynicism, it’s treacly and manipulative. This is one of those movies made by smart people about smart people that gives the audience no credit.”

-Richard Roeper, [Chicago Sun-Times]