Critic Consensus: Permission holds together in spite of its uneven narrative thanks to eminently watchable work from leads Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens.
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Critic Reviews for Permission
A small story made with big performances from leads Stevens and Hall, and while it hasn't gotten the promotional push for audiences to pay attention, people lucky enough to stumble across it will fall for everyone involved.
What is most unexpected about Permission is its sense of poignancy and tenderness. In its own way, it's quite heartbreaking.
You kind of want to slap everybody in Permission, and that's kind of the point.
While it deals with heavy relationship issues including the validity of monogamy, it manages an easy, seemingly effortless humor that seduces the audience while simultaneously breaking filmgoers' hearts.
Stevens and Hall are always interesting to watch. (In fact, you should watch him in "The Guest" and her in "The Awakening," if you want to see two excellent, lesser-known films.)
Audience Reviews for Permission
Insipid tripe, Permission is yet another Hollywood assault on monogamy. The story follows a young couple that gives each other permission to have sex with other people in order to decide whether or not they truly want to be together. And it goes pretty much as one would suspect, as every other movie about couples giving a pass to their partners goes. There are some decent actors in the cast, Rebecca Hall, Gina Gershon, Jason Sudeikis, but there aren't any good performances. And the directing is weak as well; as there's nothing sensual or suspenseful about the affairs. Permission is an incredibly dull and formulaic movie that doesn't do anything new or interesting with this well wore material.
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