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Submission (2018)



Critic Consensus: It's thoughtful and well-acted, but Submission falls frustratingly short in its attempt to offer insightful commentary through its timely premise.

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Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci) is a once-acclaimed author who teaches writing at a small liberal arts college. Though his marriage to Sherrie (Kyra Sedgwick) is comfortable, he finds himself drowning in discontent--stuffy departmental dinners at which he drinks too much, smug colleagues whom he dislikes yet fears he resembles, and an endless stream of students who are as untalented as they are unteachable. But when a new pupil, Angela Argo (Addison Timlin), showspromise Ted focuses on nurturing her career, and she appears more than willing to devote the one-on-one time required. Basking in Angela's youth, talent, and admiration, just as she benefits from Ted's wisdom, experience, and professional connections, it's only a matter of time before lines are crossed and it becomes unclear whether Ted is predator or prey and Angela is victim or victimizer. Based on the acclaimed novel "Blue Angel" by Francine Prose, which slyly updates the 1930 Marlene Dietrich/Josef Von Sternberg classic for today's politically correct times, SUBMISSION is a biting morality play about lust, ambition, power, and living in a world where scandal is as likely to make a reputation as destroy it.

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Stanley Tucci
as Ted Swenson
Addison Timlin
as Angela Argo
Janeane Garofalo
as Magda Moynahan
Kyra Sedgwick
as Sherrie Swenson
Ritchie Coster
as Dean Bentham
Colby Minifie
as Ruby Swenson
Alison Bartlett O'Reilly
as Angela's Mother
David Pittu
as Bernard Levy
Henry Stram
as Dave Sterret
Matthew Ballard
as Steven Argo
Stephanie Berry
as Arlene Shurley
S.J. Son
as Female Student
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini
as Marge Bentham, Pallavicini-Marge Bentham
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13)

A seriously considered film brimming with ideas worth examining.

March 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Tucci and Timlin are both quite good in their roles, and writer-director Richard Levine (adapting Francine Prose's 2000 novel "Blue Angel") does an excellent job of slowly escalating the pair's relationship.

March 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Honoring the primacy of language for his characters, Levine deftly reveals the ways they wield it to seduce, attack, manipulate, repress and, occasionally, to communicate.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

For a movie addressing themes singularly suited to this moment, it's all the more disappointing when it whiffs those chances.

March 7, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film squanders some dramatic possibilities and has a truncated sense about it. We are left to wonder whether something went wrong with the script, or in the editing room, or both.

March 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Submission is so desperate not to become a cliché that it ultimately wastes a golden opportunity to become something more.

March 5, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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