A Mouthful of Air
A Mouthful of Air (2021)

Julie Davis writes bestselling children's books about unlocking your fears, but has yet to unlock her own. When her daughter is born, that trauma is brought to the fore, and with it, a crushing battle to survive.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 29, 2021
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kimber Myers
Los Angeles Times

For a film so grounded in a real-life issue, the movie doesn't work to make its characters feel human or its world feel real, blunting the emotional impact it could have had.

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Natalia Winkelman
New York Times

"A Mouthful of Air" aspires to show how depression can sully even the loveliest of scenes. The scenes the movie chooses, however, play like a parody of white privilege...

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Valerie Kalfrin
AWFJ Women on Film

"A Mouthful of Air delivers a heartbreaking story that, one hopes, might show someone else she's not alone."

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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine

Amanda Seyfried is heartbreaking in A Mouthful of Air, a harrowing story about postpartum depression...

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Seyfried's performance is a revelation.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue

Despite some honest intentions, this downbeat drama about postpartum depression lacks the conviction to achieve its cathartic goals.

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David Ehrlich
indieWire

The film is too haunted by helplessness to risk feeling didactic, but this is unambiguously a message movie, and the message is that you can't argue with brain chemistry.

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Nick Schager
Variety

It often seems like vital narrative pieces of "A Mouthful of Air" have been left on the cutting-room floor, and the result is a frustrating insubstantiality that's exacerbated by the story's lack of forward momentum.

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Dan Lybarger
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Freshman screenwriter-director Amy Koppelman ably captures that uniquely terrifying situation when the most dangerous nemesis you can encounter is the one living in your own skin.

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