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Abandon (2002)

Genres: Drama, Music, Mystery

Taglines: Watch who you leave behind.

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Writers: Stephen Gaghan

Stars: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel, ...

A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year, unexplained absence.

75 | Mark Caro

The biggest surprise may be what the filmmaker doesn't show; he withholds a big dramatic payoff, so the audience must fill in the blanks.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

75 | Bruce Fretts

Sometimes, typecasting works: Holmes and Bratt settle comfortably into their roles, and the movie proves a competently made, mildly diverting collegiate thriller -- at least until its all-too-predictable ''twist'' ending.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

67 | Ellen A. Kim

Holmes ably handles the starring role, but the handsome Bratt doesn't have enough material to cement his film career. The supporting cast is strong.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

63 | Roger Ebert

A moody, effective thriller for about 80 percent of the way, and then our hands close on air. If you walk out before the ending, you'll think it's better than it is.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

63 | Jack Mathews

Has the integrity of good dialogue and enough of a writer's preserved craftiness to make it a worthwhile date-night attraction.
Read More: New York Daily News


Abandon tags Katie Holmes as a talented actor with surprising range and vast, untapped potential - so much, in fact, that watching her, one can almost overlook the film's many flaws. Almost.

63 | Rick Groen

Don't abandon Abandon. In the movies' long weekly line-up, it stands apart -- innocent of banality, and guilty of nothing more damning than intelligent effort that falls a tad short.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

50 | Rene Rodriguez

Too much of this well-acted but dangerously slow thriller feels like a preamble to a bigger, more complicated story, one that never materializes.
Read More: Miami Herald

50 | Jonathan Curiel

A disjointed movie with uneven acting and too many scenes that defy belief.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

40 | A.O. Scott

A thriller wrapped in heavy-duty gauze to muffle the chills.
Read More: The New York Times

40 | Ken Fox

The story's rhythm is so bogged down in unnecessary characterization that the film can hardly breathe.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

40 | Chuck Wilson

Aiming to elicit a last-minute shiver from the audience, Gaghan is likely to get instead a mood-destroying giggle.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

40 | Ed Park

Hardly a nuanced portrait of a young woman's breakdown, the film nevertheless works up a few scares, particularly a tense call-number hunt in the library stacks.
Read More: Village Voice

40 | Nathan Rabin

Gaghan shows promise as a director, but Abandon leaves a lot of room for improvement.
Read More: The A.V. Club

38 | Mike Clark

Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
Read More: USA Today

38 | Ty Burr

Abandon is this CLOSE to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun.
Read More: Boston Globe

38 | James Berardinelli

With the flat characters and lifeless performances, it's a wonder that anyone in the audience can stay awake all the way through this dull and dreary production.
Read More: ReelViews

30 | Kevin Thomas

A trite psychological thriller -- all buildup and no payoff, a mystery that essentially offers only two alternative solutions, which diminishes the element of surprise and strings the viewer along way past caring which possibility proves to be true.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

30 | Peter Travers

Crossing "A Beautiful Mind" with "Sex Kittens Go to College," first-time director Stephen Gaghan (he wrote Traffic) causes a head-on collision.
Read More: Rolling Stone

30 | Todd McCarthy

Passably interesting psychological study of emotionally wounded characters until it commits dramatic suicide by showing its true colors as a tricked-up "Fatal Attraction" wannabe.
Read More: Variety

30 | Steve Davis

What hath "The Sixth Sense" wrought? These days, it seems as if every psychological thriller has a surprise finish.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

30 | Charles Taylor

This alleged thriller, which might be described as "'Gaslight' Goes to College," is one of the most incoherent features in recent memory.
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20 | J.R. Jones

Stephen Gaghan, who scripted this turkey, landed in the director's chair after Edward Zwick (Glory) bailed out, and you can almost smell the flop sweat.
Read More: Chicago Reader

12 | Megan Lehmann

A confusing mishmash.
Read More: New York Post

10 | Desson Thomson

Consider the title your best advice.
Read More: Washington Post