Indiewire - The Playlist / Kate WalshA-Original Review

LAFF Review: ‘Comet’ Starring Justin Long And Emmy Rossum Is An Original & Inventive Love Story

It’s not always easy to pull off high concept romantic dramas, or to futz with the format of what could be a straightforward boy-meets-girl breakup/makeup story, but in staying grounded, and real, “Comet,” directed by Sam Esmail and starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, manages to do just that.

Secret City Geek Lab / Alan Ng8 out of 10Original Review

Justin Long and Emmy Rossum Star in a Unique Love Story in “Comet”

“Comet” follows the lives of two lovers through the six years of their relationship. It is told in a unique style, that leaves you wondering and bewildered at the beginning of the movie and emotionally devastated in the end. From the very beginning of the movie, the filmmaker warns us that we are about to watch the one story but told over several different realities.

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.

Rama's Screen / Rama Tampubolon4 out of 5Original Review

My LAFF ’14 Review of COMET. – #LAFilmFest #Comet @justinlong @emmyrossum

In one of my all-time favorite rom-coms, ‘Moonstruck’, Nicolas Cage’s character said that love doesn’t make things nice, love ruins everything, it breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. And at the end of ‘(500) Days Of Summer’, Zooey Deschanel revealed what she was not sure of when she was with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Awards Circuit / Terence Johnson3.5 starsOriginal Review

Comet (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Much like the comets and shooting stars that Del and Kimberly are waiting to see, Comet is a film you have to wait for to fully get. Not that waiting is a bad thing mind you. In fact it’s the anticipation of what might be said next or revealed visually that keeps this wonderful film humming along.

Slash Film / Germain Lussier8.5 out of 10Original Review

‘Comet’ Review: Justin Long and Emmy Rossum Star In Wonderful, Surrealist ’500 Days of Summer’

Imagine you’re watching your relationship on TV. It is playing on five channels, with each channel airing a different stage of the relationship. When things get too uncomfortable, awkward or emotional, you just flip the channel. On that next channel, you’d continue to watch your relationship unfold, maybe from a point a few years later.

Way Too Indie / Ananda DillonOriginal Review

Way Too Indie

“Sam Esmail’s ‘storytelling technique reflects the perspective of an enlightened and astute new addition to the film scene.’”

“Their relationship and personalities are revealed through each major juncture with a magical realism quality framing all of it, à la PT Anderson or Michel Gondry.