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  • Summary: Estranged siblings Kyle and Jen travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they make a discovery that turns their world upside-down.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 11, 2014
    80
    Nimbly avoiding the excesses of melodrama and the recessiveness of mumblecore, Chan and his likably low-key cast navigate hairpin turns from drama to comedy to outright farce with an impressive sense of proportion.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jun 19, 2014
    80
    Chan varies the film’s stylistic veneer of naturalism with occasional, lyrical scenes of the lush woodsy environs surrounding the family home and flashbacks to the kids’ childhoods, as well as moments of low-key visual humor, as the pair stumble about searching for clues to their mother’s secret life.
  3. Reviewed by: Katherine Vu
    Jun 23, 2014
    80
    Sensitive and understated, J.P. Chan's A Picture of You balances humor and sentiment with an instinctive hand, skillfully unearthing honest, unexpected laughs amid intense grief.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 19, 2014
    70
    Mr. Chan’s skill with actors — particularly with Ms. Mei and Mr. Pang’s persuasive, easygoing banter — compensates for the story’s limitations.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 1, 2014
    70
    Competently written and skillfully acted, the film seems to be melodrama-bound, when a shocking discovery and the sudden arrival of friends instead send it careening into comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jun 20, 2014
    63
    Obviously, the situations of A Picture of You feel a bit forced but they’re handled in such a likable way that it’s forgivable, especially in the superior second half of the film.
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  1. Sep 13, 2014
    5
    This is a story about adult brother and sister going to a countryside to pack up a house that belonged to their mom who just passed away. It is a drama with elements of a comedy. While watching it I felt that the movie is somehow immature, and that immaturity spreads over the script, the acting and directing. Very decent cinematography though. Probably the script is the weakest part since it lacks credibility too often. Also, the movie is very slow. I doubt that I will remember it tomorrow... Expand