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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, Dr Bennet Omalu
Alec Baldwin
as Dr Julian Bailes, Dr. Julian Bailes
Albert Brooks
as Dr Cyril Wecht, Dr. Cyril Wecht
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Prema Mutiso
Stephen Moyer
as Dr. Ron Hamilton, Dr Ron Hamilton
Eddie Marsan
as Dr Steven DeKosky, Dr. Steven DeKosky
Luke Wilson
as Roger Goodell
David Morse
as Mike Webster
Paul Reiser
as Dr Elliot Pellman, Dr. Elliot Pellman
Arliss Howard
as Dr Joseph Maroon, 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 Agent FBI, FBI Agent
Gary Grubbs
as Agent FBI, 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
Jeb Keller
as High School Coach
Joshua Elijah Reese
as Graveyard Tech
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
Cindy Jackson
as Paramedic
Britanni Johnson
as Rachel Green
Scott Miller
as Contractor
Antonia Long
as Piano Player
Britanni D. Johnson
as Rachel Green
Dawn Vocke
as Nurse In Bailes Office
Elizabeth Tulloch
as Keana Strzelczyk
Matthew Willig
as Justin Strzelczyk
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Critic Reviews for Concussion

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (54)

It's not particularly dramatic or even fascinating to watch.

August 31, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

August 16, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 27, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

March 6, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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…

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.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | 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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