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Demolition (2016)



Critic Consensus: Demolition benefits from a stellar cast, even if their solid work isn't always enough to prop up a confused story that aims for profundity but too often settles for clichés.

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Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen Mareno (Naomi Watts) and amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son, Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

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Jake Gyllenhaal
as Davis Mitchell
Naomi Watts
as Karen Moreno
Judah Lewis
as Chris Moreno
Brendan Dooling
as Todd Koehler
Hani Avital
as Young Waitress
Celia Au
as Punk Girl
Nancy Ellen Shore
as Socialite philanthropist
Ben Cole
as Steven
Debra Monk
as Davis' Mom
Malachy Cleary
as Davis' Dad
Tom Kemp
as Dr. Brodkey
Lytle Harper
as Attractive Waitress
Zariah Singletary
as Upscale Girl
Bjorn Dupaty
as DOT Agent #1
Jane Dashow
as Buccaneer Diner Waitress
Royce Johnson
as Security Marty
Mark Lewis
as Chris' Doctor
Aaron Bantum
as Chris' Friend
Kevin Herbst
as Mourner
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Critic Reviews for Demolition

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (42)

A moving account of how the process of grief can take on strange forms.

April 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's a beauty in the breakdown, and it's amongst the rubble that Davis finds himself living, rather than enduring, his life.

April 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is much to savor here, especially the unforced performance of Judah Lewis -- one more recruit to the terrific roster of younger actors who are streaming into the movies. Yet the film lacks the courage of its affliction.

April 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Thank god for Jake Gyllenhaal. Absent his performance, Demolition would have been a more unbearable slog than it is.

April 10, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Director Jean-Marc Vallée doesn't seem to mind when his movies become sun-dappled insta-redemption stories so long as there's a bravura central turn holding it all down.

April 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The best I can say is that it's another tour de force for Gyllenhaal, although his intensity isn't matched by the movie itself.

April 8, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Demolition


A harrowing and complex guide to how the mind copes with trauma. The story goes through the motions of loss and finding yourself in a slowly paced and painfully uneventful series of events. Ultimately it fails to deliver any real compelling narrative.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer


Donnie gets Darkor!

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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Despite Gyllenhaal's praiseworthy performance, this is an unremarkable film that will hardly be remembered in the future as one of Vallée's finest works. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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