I've seen negative reviews and glowing reviews on here. I've given this film and honest 3 stars. Although, it would be 2.5 out of 5 if possible.
The glass is half full: the characters are great and we discover more just as they do, as the story progresses. The actors do a great job of blending into their roles and bringing the characters to life. It was enjoyable to spend time, essentially, peering into the lives of these well acted characters.
The glass is half empty: This was a really wasted opportunity for story telling. It ends up being a very long character sketch. If I had somehow ended up in this movie in a theater, I probably would have walked out. The pacing is overly slow and this doesn't lend anything to the film. While I did stick through the whole thing to see how the ribbon flowed, I did find myself reaching for the fast forward through the unnecessary pauses. I also occasionally checked to see how much was left, wondering if their looked like enough run time remaining for the story to end up somewhere.
Sadly, it didn't. If this was an action or comedy movie, the credits would have rolled after, "Part 2, Coming Soon!". The ending was that empty and open. One thing I simply can't stand with films is a writer who doesn't have the decency to lend some closure to their work. It's as if the producer looked at the screenwriter, then at their watch, and then said, "Ok, screenwriter, it's long enough wrap it up." Or, that the writer just got lazy and decided to call it quits before finishing the story. This often happens with "character sketch" type films. The writer draws you in with characters that you enjoy getting to know, even if they aren't enjoyable people. Then BAM, "Part 2, Coming Soon!" (or not) and it's over.
If you enjoy discovering well acted characters, watching along just to see what turn they will take next, and can stand a needlessly slow pace with head-scratching pauses, and can handle an open ending, then this film might be an OK way to pass a couple hours.