Roger Ebert / Steven BoonePositive CapsuleOriginal Review

“COMET” (Narrative Competition)

At last, a hipster visual anthem designed for something bigger than an iPad screen. “Comet” is about two completely jaded and self-absorbed 20-somethings who see the world as one giant cliché to be sneered at—until they find each other. What’s most interesting about writer-director Sam Esmail’s approach isn’t his alternately grating and endearing lovebirds (Justin Long and Emmy Rossum), but his decision to shoot it all as if it were in the cosmic company of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Persona” and (more its speed) “”Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Esmail’s stylistic confidence is reminiscent of an earlier generation’s boy wonders, Andersons Wes and P.T., but he’s got his own visual ideas cooking.