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Director David Schwimmer gets some gut-wrenching performances out of his actors but he still lacks the chops to fully ratchet up story tension.



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When Annie, a 14-year-old girl, is seduced by a 41-year-old internet predator she knows only as "Charlie," it tears apart her family. While her father becomes obsessed with revenge fantasies, Annie enters therapy, where she refuses to admit she's been victimized.


Jason Clarke
as Doug Tate
Viola Davis
as Gail Friedman
Zoe Levin
as Brittany
Zanny Laird
as Serena Edmonds
Brandon Molale
as Volleyball Coach
Ruth Crawford
as Grandma Susan
Marty Bufalini
as Grandpa Cal
Inga Wilson
as Aunt Nicole
Jennifer Kincer
as Charlie's Mother
Mary Murphy
as Teacher
Sandro Carotti
as Italian Teacher
Milica Govich
as Ms. Worley
Jared Conrad
as Cell Phone Student
Sarab Kamoo
as Officer Gomez
Lise Lacasse
as Passing Nurse
Anthonia Kitchen
as Forensic Nurse
Wallace Bridges
as Security Officer
Joe Sikora
as Rob Moscone
Julia Glander
as Sandra Van Dorsey
D.J. Coburger
as Child Predator
Robert Axelrod
as Gun Salesman
Brooke Bayless
as Bikini Woman
Cassi Fitch
as Sally Moscone
Lili Kaufman
as Apple Woman
Laura Niemi
as Susanna
Garrett Ryan
as Marcus Weston
Noah Crawford
as Tyler Martel
Miles Robinson
as FBI Man #1
Deanna Fakhouri
as FBI Woman
Martin Malota
as FBI Man #2
Jamal Johnson
as FBI Agent
Jay Siegel
as Tour Guide
Nathan Zylich
as Will's Co-Worker
Pamela Washington
as Ad Agency Lady
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Critic Reviews for Trust

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (14)

  • Even if it's a mite clunky, Trust does a decent job and avoids the regulation happy ending.

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • The whole section of the plot dealing with Will's shame and rage at failing to protect his child is hammily and unconvincingly acted.

    Jul 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Committed performances and a masterful first act bolster this structurally flawed handling of an impossibly tricky subject.

    Jul 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • An exercise in sober drama and a middle-class cautionary tale which explores a family ripped up by the roots after the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

    Jul 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Audiences most definitely will squirm and wish they were anywhere but in the theater, despite the fact that it features some of Clive Owen's best work and a startling movie debut by the 15-year-old Liana Liberato.

    Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What Trust conveys, at its best, is that ultimately parental protections are not foolproof, and that is the greatest horror of all.

    Apr 8, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Trust

  • Mar 09, 2014
    Clive Owen and Catherine Keener give performances better than a lot of the material. Trust is a decently directed, involving film that suffers from a predictable and disappointing final third. Serious subject matter but not as thought provoking as it thinks it is, but it is (mostly) admirably restrained.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2013
    Powerful and emotional drama. With 14 year old Annie trying to fit into teenage life, she finds herself often engaged in online chat and with her parents distracted with their son going off to college they don't seem to notice Annie's growing online relationship with a boy who she eventually arranges to meet up with. When an unspeakable crime against Annie is commited, of course the family is devastated and try to come to terms with what happened in their own way while trying to consider Annie's feelings to, which is increasingly difficult for the dad, played brilliantly by Clive Owen. Trust might be a hard watch for some but this issue, as horrible as it seems, is becoming increasingly relevant in modern society and its something that David Schwimmer(yes, Ross from Friends!) handles very well. Great performances from Clive Owen, Catherine Keener as the mother and an amazing breakthrough performance from Liana Liberato as Annie make Trust a gripping and emotionally brutal film to watch on a sensitive subject. If that appeals to you then definitely check this out.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2013
    Trust is a good but sometimes annoying drama that is entertaining but flawed. Although it does its best to adhere to realism, it sometimes takes it too far and makes many of the characters very frustrating at times. It stars Liana Liberato as Annie, a fourteen year-old girl who develops a close friendship with a chat room user named Charlie. Charlie is 16, lives in California, and, just like Annie, plays volleyball. To anyone with a fourth grade education this should sound like a huge red flag, but Annie doesn't doubt anything Charlie says. Annie and Charlie decide to meet up at a mall (surprise: he's not 16), where he ends up luring her to a hotel room and sexually assaulting her. She later refuses to admit that it was rape and lashes out at her family and friends who worry for her. She is violently in denial, claiming she and Charlie love each other and nobody else understands their relationship. This may be the realistic way to handle a topic this controversial in a movie, but it definitely does not work well for the story, and she becomes increasingly frustrating as she lashes out at her family and friends who worry for her. Meanwhile her father Will (Clive Owen) decides to take the law into his own hands by attempting to track down Charlie himself. Both Liana Liberato and Clive Owen give great performances as characters that walk a fine like between being believable and being completely unreasonable. I can't say I was a huge fan of the script or characters, but both of them did the best they could do with the script they were given. There are occasional moments of levity that are admittedly pretty funny, but for the most part this is a movie that takes itself very seriously. Emotions run high in Annie's family for just about the entire movie, and the story isn't exactly cheery or upbeat. The ending is just as dark, if not darker, than the rest of the movie, but it definitely takes a pretty big risk by deviating from the expected conclusion. The plot takes some frustrating turns in an effort to appear more realistic, but Trust is bolstered by strong performances from Liana Liberato and Clive Owen as well as an unexpected conclusion to the story.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2012
    I thought I was going to hate this movie at first, but I was wrong. Trust was a very good film with a good subject matter and talented cast. I enjoyed sitting through the whole movie without feeling disappointed or anything. It kept me awake because of how important the premise was. This movie may not be perfect, but this is one of those movies where it contains a very important subject matter that everybody should know about. This also proves how talented Clive Owen and Catherine Keener are. After receiving a new laptop as a birthday gift, a naive teenager, Annie (Liana Liberato), spends most of her time online chatting with a mysterious guy named Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey), whom she thinks he's nice and friendly. She wishes to see him in person, and they agreed to meet each other at a mall. Things get pretty ugly when they finally met up, when Charlie wasn't the guy she expected him to be, considering that he looks thirty (after he said he was 16, and then 20 later on). After he sexually assaults her, things change for the worse when her parents finds out about it, especially Will (Clive Owen), who is desperately wants to find Charlie and kill him, but it's a very difficult task to accomplish. The plot of this film was easy to follow, and it actually pulled an important subject matter pretty well. This movie makes you want to be a little careful who you talk to and what you do on the computer. It goes to show how dangerous online dating and social networks can be. The problem that I have with this film was the ending. When the credits starts rolling, you will find yourself feeling puzzled and be like "that's it?" Some people will either feel lost or feel sad. However, not all movies should have good endings in order to be good, so I can't complain about that. The problem that I have with the plot is there are some of the questions that were unanswered, and the ending could have been better, but it was good for what it was. The cast did a good job with their characters, and they were one of the best things about this movie. Clive Owen showed me once again how great of an actor he is after seeing Children of Men and Shoot' Em Up. It is been a while since I've seen him in a big movie, and he even knows how to make an independent film like this good. Can't wait to see him in the next Sin City movie if it will really comes up. I've never been a fan of Catherine Keener, but she did pretty good here. She proved to me how good she was in The 40 Year Old Virgin, and it was like she copied her talents from there and paste it into here, which was a good thing. Liana Liberato did a good job without being annoying like most of the other young actress, so I give kudos to her. What a surprising performance she made. Everyone did their job well and made their characters memorable and relatable. Trust, although not a perfect movie, is an important movie that should be seen by anyone who spends most of their times surfing on the internet. It is also for people who approaches the wrong people in the real world who are so hard to read. What I mean is that it can be hard to read people's behavior because some people don't show their emotions, and some do, but they may not be as real as you may think it is. Because these things still happen, Trust is very relevant in the today's society. The story is very easy to pick up, but it feels like a few things are missing. I hate it when filmmakers make movies, and then we find ourselves feeling lost in a long run. All and all, it doesn't stop the movie from being the best movie ever with a good premise, script, and acting. It's better than most of the materials that Hollywood currently puts out.
    Giovanni C Super Reviewer

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