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First Reviews: Jean-Marc Valle’s ‘Demolition’

First Reviews: Jean-Marc Valle's 'Demolition'

In “Demolition,” Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggles to keep his life together after the loss of his wife. After a faulty vending machine doesn’t dispense his candy, Davis writes a letter to the vending machine company to complain, but ends up admitting quite a bit of personal information about his life. These letters catch the attention of one Karen Moreno (Naomi Watts), who along with her son Chris (Judah Lewis) try to help Davis rebuild his life and, wait for it, demolish the one he used to have. Most critics aren’t super enamored with “Demolition,” claiming it to be an unbearable quirk fest, but some have praised Gyllenhaal’s performance. But Jean-Marc Valle has struck gold twice with “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild,” so maybe when “Demolition” is released next year, it’ll be a hit in spite of the lukewarm reception.

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