Return Plainspoken realism enhances the power of Return , a notable addition to the growing catalog of dramas about American soldiers who have difficulty readjusting to… Return Plainspoken realism enhances the power of Return , a notable addition to the growing catalog of dramas about American soldiers who have difficulty readjusting to… 2012-02-10 PT97M Linda Cardellini Michael Shannon Focus
Movie Review

Return (2012)

MARRIAGE TROUBLES Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon in Return
Image credit: Fork Films
MARRIAGE TROUBLES Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon in Return
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Feb 10, 2012; Length: 97 Minutes; With: Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon; Distributor: Focus

Plainspoken realism enhances the power of Return, a notable addition to the growing catalog of dramas about American soldiers who have difficulty readjusting to home life after tours of duty. So too does the fact that this soldier, closely observed by installation artist and first-time feature filmmaker Liza Johnson, is a wife and mother of two young daughters. As soldier/mom, Linda Cardellini conveys dislocation with eloquent silence, sometimes just in how she looks at a TV screen. Michael Shannon meets the challenge of playing a husband who doesn't understand the wife changing before his eyes. (On VOD Feb. 28) B+

Originally posted Feb 08, 2012 Published in issue #1194 Feb 17, 2012 Order article reprints