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Outside In (2018)



Critic Consensus: Brilliantly brought to life by tenderly empathetic performances from Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, Outside In tells a sobering -- yet thoroughly absorbing -- story.

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After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (Jay Duplass) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (Edie Falco), his former high-school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol - a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17)

Lynn Shelton wrote and directed two superior indie comedies, Humpday (2009) and Your Sister's Sister (2011)... Now she's back with an engrossing drama about love and circumstance, and there isn't a false note from start to finish.

March 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Lynn Shelton brings a high empathic bar to Outside In, then dares the audience to clear it.

April 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The power of these performances is that you leave thinking that Chris and Carol are out there, somewhere, and you wish them well.

April 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[Lynn Shelton's] actors are always natural and unaffected, but in [Edie] Falco and [Jay] Duplass, she's found interpreters who seem to breathe her characters.

April 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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This is an conversation- and character-driven film with an occasional eye for something more ineffable, but Falco and Duplass's complicated, nakedly searching performances are the main event.

April 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Takes some time to develop that tension into something genuinely dramatic, but Falco's performance is strong enough to make the film compelling even in its softest moments.

March 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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