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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
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  1. JoeK.
    Jan 7, 2005
    10
    Beautiful.
  2. MelanieA.
    Nov 3, 2004
    9
    This was an exceptional movie that explores the depth of human emotions. It brought Colin Farrel out of his element and showed audiences how diverse of an actor he could be.
  3. MelanieT.
    Oct 29, 2004
    10
    I thought the movie was beautiful. Love, pain, loyalty, friendship, death, seperation, life, friendship.
  4. LindaV
    Aug 3, 2004
    10
    The story, the acting the movie is beautiful and heartfelt. It was one of my favorites this year. A story of love undconditional without conventional boundries, it was and inspirational film about the human spirit... see this movie!
  5. Mark
    Feb 16, 2007
    10
    A very touching and moving film. Colin Farrell did an outstanding job; his character, though not unflawed, saw the best in people. There was an innocence about him. My favorite seen is when Colin's character, Bobby, consoles Jonathan, played by Dallas Roberts, about his "bruise" (scene 21 on disc). Very believable; they have a great connection which started at a young age that some A very touching and moving film. Colin Farrell did an outstanding job; his character, though not unflawed, saw the best in people. There was an innocence about him. My favorite seen is when Colin's character, Bobby, consoles Jonathan, played by Dallas Roberts, about his "bruise" (scene 21 on disc). Very believable; they have a great connection which started at a young age that some others could only wish they have. Collapse
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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Packs an irresistible emotional punch.
  2. Cunningham's depth of feeling transformed the book's premise into something beyond sniggers or camp, and the best moments in the movie, which was directed by theater veteran Michael Mayer in his film debut and adapted by Cunningham, have a similar emotional charge.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Driven by soulful performances and by a genuine sense of wonder for the unpredictable permutations of love and family.