Trust Reviews

  • Schwimmer directs this smarmy Hot Topic drama with empathy for the craft of acting but less interest in the craft of making a movie move.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The mantle of social relevance can be a heavy one, but "Trust," a smooth drama about a girl's seduction and rape by a middle-aged Internet predator, is neither preachy nor hysterically overreaching.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Afterschool Special stuff, but the ensemble rings quite true in their coping processes, as director David Schwimmer proves adept at tracking rogue emotions that no closing Ordinary People clench can satisfactorily resolve.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Prurient, ham-handed and amateurish.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's easy to imagine how this story could have been exploited and dumbed down. It works instead with intelligence and sympathy.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • He's adept with actors, but Schwimmer has yet to locate his strengths behind the camera.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • I must admit [Schwimmer's] done a solid job with this queasy drama.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Actor-helmer David Schwimmer makes an ill-advised shift into Afterschool Special territory with his sophomore feature, Trust.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The script is blaring and obvious at all times, and in his second directorial effort, David Schwimmer doesn't have a clue how dull it is for the audience to endure scene after scene of anguish, crying and screaming matches.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • This theme is well-drawn, and the film plays out with great intensity as Owen's character grapples with the fact that the daughter he loves might have changed forever.

    Ray Bennett — Hollywood Reporter

  • There is no denying that Schwimmer knows something about getting a performance out of an actor. Liberato, who is 15 now, is flat-out terrific.

    Mary F. Pols — TIME Magazine

  • Unfortunately, this well-acted cautionary tale is hampered by a lack of visual finesse and a script (by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger) in need of a narrative rethink and a dialogue polish.

    Gary Goldstein — Los Angeles Times

  • An excellent screenplay and fantastic performances make Trust one of the year's best films.

    Billy Tatum — We Got This Covered

  • A film that every parent and teenager ought to see.

    James Plath — Movie Metropolis

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    Joseph Proimakis — Movies for the Masses

  • Schwimmer directs with sensitivity and restraint, and gets excellent performances from his cast. Owen pulls off some heart-wrenching scenes, although it's Liberato's revelatory performance as the emotionally confused teen that holds the film together.

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • Schwimmer's matter-of-factness becomes a dose of bald reality in the second half of the film... two scenes of concentrated fury and anguish... are among Owen's best work ever.

    MaryAnn Johanson — Flick Filosopher

  • For the most part this is a well acted, intelligent attempt to explore a tough topic.

    Alistair Harkness — Scotsman

  • Schwimmer directs with intelligence and a minimum of hysteria, deftly handling the shifts in atmosphere this creepy story requires.

    Jason Solomons — Observer [UK]

  • This is a very good, thoughtful film and an important one.

    Christopher Tookey — Daily Mail [UK]

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