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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Critic Reviews for Concussion
It's not particularly dramatic or even fascinating to watch.
The film is never less than watchable, and thanks to the collective efforts of Smith, Morse, Baldwin and Brooks it's oftentimes more than that.
A crusading whistleblower movie, not too far from (though slightly inferior to) 'The Insider,' both an actor's showcase and a vehicle for creating restrained goosebumps.
Told in fits and starts, the film does convey a fair bit of information, but it never clarifies what needs to be done about the continuing danger.
The script also knows how to pull back when sentimentality threatens. The film's salutary ending shows just how it's done.
Omalu's dedication to his profession and his struggle to make himself heard and understood make for an inspirational story, and Landesman effectively lays out the facts and invites the audience to judge both Omalu and his opponents.
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
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.
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.
|Dr. Bennet Omalu:||If they continue to deny my work man continues to die.|
|Dr. Bennet Omalu:||They have to listen to us.|
|Dr. Bennet Omalu:||Repetitive head trauma chokes the brain.|
|Dr. Bennet Omalu:||I am the wrong person to have discovered this.|