"The sadness that permeates Foxcatcher is almost overwhelming. There’s a key distinction between a movie that’s sad and one that’s depressing. A depressing movie bums out its audience, and leaves them feeling bad about the world at large. It’s deflating and tends to boil down to the “everything is awful.” Sadness is different. Sadness is feeling sorrow and empathy for the characters. Your heart aches for them rather than yourself. It’s a tougher emotion to earn, and Foxcatcher holds it for the entire picture.
Part of that is from Miller’s strong, thoughtful direction, but the rest comes from his lead actors. In the future, when we look back on these three careers, Foxcatcher will be among the highlights. This is a character-driven movie, but this is not a case of “most” acting. On the contrary, the amount of restraint in the performances is astonishing. Yet again, the movie is powerful without ever going big, and all three actors understand that.” [x]
Foxcatcher | Bennett Miller, 2014