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Concussion (2015)



Critic Consensus: Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.

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Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public.

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Will Smith
as Dr. Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin
as Dr. Julian Bailes
Albert Brooks
as Dr. Cyril Wecht
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Prema Mutiso
Stephen Moyer
as Dr. Ron Hamilton
Eddie Marsan
as Dr. Steven DeKosky
Luke Wilson
as Roger Goodell
David Morse
as Mike Webster
Matthew Willig
as Justin Strezelczyk
Paul Reiser
as Dr. Elliot Pellman
Arliss Howard
as Dr. Joseph Maroon
Mike O'Malley
as Daniel Sullivan
Hill Harper
as Spellman Jones
Elizabeth Tulloch
as Keana Strezelczyk
Richard T. Jones
as Andre Waters
Kevin Jiggets
as FBI Agent
Gary Grubbs
as FBI Agent
Randy Kovitz
as Deputy Mayor
L. Scott Caldwell
as Waters' Mother
Dan Ziskie
as Paul Tagliabue
Larry John Meyers
as Father D'Amico
Joni Bovill
as Mrs. Scott
Jason A. Davis
as Defense Attorney
Dan Anders
as College Coach
Joshua Elijah Reese
as Graveyard Tech
Jeb Keller
as High School Coach
Holt McCallany
as Angry Neurologist
Mike Clark
as TV Reporter (Interview)
Jackie Schafer
as TV Reporter (Webster Site)
David Flick
as Hospital Security Guard
Scott Conner
as ER Doctor
Kelley Davis
as Assistant
Alison Moir
as Colleen Bailes
Samara Lee
as Strzelczyk's Daughter
Nathan Hollabaugh
as Young Reporter
Michael Schaich
as Security Guard
Dino Rende
as Strzelczyk's Son
Hennessey Joseph
as NFL Employee
Lisa Earley
as Lodi Morgue Tech
Dihlon McManne
as Reporter at Westin
Britanni Johnson
as Rachel Green
Cindy Jackson
as Paramedic
Scott Miller
as Contractor
Antonia Long
as Piano Player
Britanni D. Johnson
as Rachel Green
Dawn Vocke
as Nurse In Bailes Office
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Critic Reviews for Concussion

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (39)

The script also knows how to pull back when sentimentality threatens. The film's salutary ending shows just how it's done.

March 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Concussion takes a serious subject - brain damage caused to professional American football players, and the collusion of the medical establishment in covering it up - and renders it in full-bore, crashing-bore, Oscar-courting prestige drama mode.

February 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The suspicion lingers that this story might have been better told in a documentary than in a dramatic feature. The film also pulls its punches at times.

February 11, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Smith takes on Omalu's Nigerian accent and too-perfect grammar with confidence, as this man with eight university degrees and an iron respect for science finds his research being crushed by the dollar-rolling might of the NFL machine -- and even the FBI.

February 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5
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Smith's performance is shallow, conceited and bland.

February 11, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The movie murmurs, when it - and others - should be shouting.

December 29, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Concussion

A solid performance from Smith with an exploitative look on a recurring problem. Concussion is a splendid and structured story that hits its dramatic strides even with the cautious take. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Dr. Bennet Omalu exposes the epidemic of CTE among football players, resisting the NFL's formidable influence. Director Peter Landesman's film is stuck halfway between two common docudrama pitfalls: it's half-profile, half-story. If the story is about Omalu's fight with the NFL, then much of the first act is unnecessary, and with all due respect to Omalu himself, his character is not interesting enough (as portrayed in the film) to satisfy a two-hour film exploring his depths, especially considering that his patriotism comes off as optimism too doe-eyed to be compelling. Nevertheless, Wil Smith acts really hard, but he occasionally relaxes enough to be good. Overall, it's good that Concussion got made so CTE gets the attention it deserves, but it's still a flawed film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A doctor has a little bit of a problem getting the NFL to admit that American football is dangerous to the participants. It nearly reads like a comic parody written out plain like that and yet that is exactly what happened (Duhhh, its still happening). That the doctor is an immigrant is an interesting side story in this, and the star very nearly visibly nods towards the Oscar nomination in practically every scene. But the work could use some teeth. Or an actual headbutt. Anything to kick start this thing into some semblance of vitality.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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