User Score
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. dsmobey
    Nov 12, 2004
    3
    With Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright you'd expect better but there is too much squeezed into a small space and all of the charactor development is sacrificed. Their actions are often inscrutable and confusing. Anachronisms are so rampant that a sense of chronology - critical to this story - is lost. If you are young you may not notice, but to those who lived thru these times I With Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright you'd expect better but there is too much squeezed into a small space and all of the charactor development is sacrificed. Their actions are often inscrutable and confusing. Anachronisms are so rampant that a sense of chronology - critical to this story - is lost. If you are young you may not notice, but to those who lived thru these times I couldn't even spot the decade. Really was hoping for the best but by half way thru it became MST dialogue time for us. My wife loved the book, so she was even more disappointed. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Nov 5, 2004
    3
    Lousy, certainly not one of the more entertaining, or enthralling films I have seen lately.
  3. JudyT.
    Nov 9, 2004
    3
    A waste of some good actors time and energies. A movie about some trivial people trying to make itself moving and important.
Metascore
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.