Concussion

Concussion

Concussion

Will Smith leads this true story sports drama as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who discovered a serious kind of brain trauma caused by American football. But in his attempt to bring this finding to light, he is constantly outfoxed by some of the richest, most powerful institutions in the world. Co-stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle).

2015Rating: M, Offensive language & content that may disturb122 minsUSA, Australia, UK
DramaSportTrue Story & Biography

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

Writer/director Peter Landesman's medical drama is a timely reminder that just because you're Oscar bait, doesn't mean you're Oscar standard. Diligently ticking all the right boxes as if genetically engineered for awards glory, it's a true story (check), about an honourable man (check), overcoming impossible odds (check – well, the NFL), to save lives (check). It's also not very good.

2.0

Can't remember why I watched it!

Hollywood must be getting desperate to make movies? I struggled to get even excited about this movie. Even after watching it I struggled to even understand why they made it? Not everything can be made into a movie. This was the case.

1.0

Concussion's not that bad.

'Concussion' has not received the best write up. Not here or abroad but I would have to disagree with most and actually say that this film is very intriguing even for those viewers that don't understand the impact that full contact sport has on the athlete. The amount of punishment that the average American NFL player has to contend with is astounding but...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Effective enough as a cautionary tale about willful ignorance and as a showcase for Will Smith...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Steers both lead actor and screenplay away from the sharper edges.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Smith's performance is shallow, conceited and bland.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The film goes slack when its screws most need to tighten. Luckily, Smith — flawless in accent and commitment to Omalu's worthy cause — grips you from first to last.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

At last the secret is out, and Landesman and his fine cast will help to keep the conversation going.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Remains desperately conventional and never communicates that sense of inspiration.

2.0
Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

Writer/director Peter Landesman's medical drama is a timely reminder that just because you're Oscar bait, doesn't mean you're Oscar standard. Diligently ticking all the right boxes as if genetically engineered for awards glory, it's a true story (check), about an honourable man (check), overcoming impossible odds (check – well, the NFL), to save lives (check). It's also not very good.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Effective enough as a cautionary tale about willful ignorance and as a showcase for Will Smith...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Steers both lead actor and screenplay away from the sharper edges.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Smith's performance is shallow, conceited and bland.

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The film goes slack when its screws most need to tighten. Luckily, Smith — flawless in accent and commitment to Omalu's worthy cause — grips you from first to last.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Landesman has pushed too hard to make this story fit into a dramatic mold, alternating melodrama and romance with those earnest warnings in a way that is more ungainly than effective.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

At last the secret is out, and Landesman and his fine cast will help to keep the conversation going.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Remains desperately conventional and never communicates that sense of inspiration.

2.0

Can't remember why I watched it!

Hollywood must be getting desperate to make movies? I struggled to get even excited about this movie. Even after watching it I struggled to even understand why they made it? Not everything can be made into a movie. This was the case.

1.0

Concussion's not that bad.

'Concussion' has not received the best write up. Not here or abroad but I would have to disagree with most and actually say that this film is very intriguing even for those viewers that don't understand the impact that full contact sport has on the athlete. The amount of punishment that the average American NFL player has to contend with is astounding but...

4.0