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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 (209) | Top Critics (57)

Who knows where his displaced emotions will take him? Who cares?

November 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Demolition is a cinematic deconstruction of expectation and cliché, all of which results in a moving marvel of self-actualization I think I just might be in love with.

August 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story of a bereaved man who starts to dismantle household appliances and, later, buildings, the whole movie is a laboured metaphor: we get it, he's falling apart.

May 1, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is utterly annihilated by its stylistic contrivance and ludicrous self-importance

April 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

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

Gyllenhaal continues his post-Nightcrawler upgrade with another vivid performance in the key of strange.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | 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

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