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.
DEMOLITION: Jean-Marc Vallée’s hilarious and heart-wrenching portrait of a nervous breakdown. Jake Gyllenhaal has never been better. #TIFF15
— Rob Trench (@robtrench) September 11, 2015
DEMOLITION is perhaps the best Spike Jonze movie that Spike Jonze never made — although John Malkovich is one of its producers!
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) September 11, 2015
Despite the inescapably blunt central metaphor, I liked Jake Gyllenhaal in DEMOLITION. The jumpy, nonlinear scene structure fits. #TIFF15
— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) September 11, 2015
Quirky romance or creepy psychodrama? DEMOLITION can’t really decide, collapses in a mess of interesting ideas. #TIFF15
— erickohn (@erickohn) September 11, 2015
DEMOLITION: Found this grieving-through-quirk saga mostly insufferable, but the role should make Jake Gyllenhaal Tumblr’s favorite.
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) September 11, 2015
DEMOLITION: “Everything seems like a metttaaaaaphoooorrrr” is a line in the movie. #TIFF15
— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) September 11, 2015
For those that like GARDEN STATE & SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, enjoy DEMOLITION. I’ll be here rolling my eyes. #TIFF15
— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) September 11, 2015
I liked DEMOLITION more when it had an ending and was called AMERICAN BEAUTY.
— Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (@vishnevetsky) September 11, 2015