An Unfinished Life

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49

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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, An Unfinished Life is the story of a modern-day Western family, as stoic as they are divided, learning the true meaning of forgiveness. (Miramax)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Ryan Devlin
    75
    You can't help but see this movie being crafted out of shards of movies past, seemingly in a cut and paste method. In the hands of a less skillful director, the film could very easily flop, but it doesn't.
  2. Your basic Lasse Hallstrom formula-film, featuring people in dire situations who are redeemed when their basic goodness comes to the fore, elevated a notch by a pair of actors displaying sides we don't often see.
  3. 67
    Thoroughly predictable from start to finish.
  4. By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to "Free Willy," veering dangerously close to New Age parody: Free your inner bear -- and begin to heal from the last time you got mauled.
  5. 50
    As with the director's other films, all that keeps Unfinished from being a complete, treacly bore is its robust performances.
  6. 50
    Freeman is Freeman, all homespun dignity. Surely it's time for him to play a saucy interior decorator or a crazed dictator.
  7. This unusual convergence of stars doesn't amount to much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Justin
    Nov 29, 2005
    10
    Great movie. I agree this should see some oscar nominations. Especially Redford. I also like the girl's performance. The press has not Great movie. I agree this should see some oscar nominations. Especially Redford. I also like the girl's performance. The press has not caught on that the split with Miramax has sabotaged this great movie. It will not win awards if the studio won't let anyone see it. Expand
  2. MarcD.
    May 21, 2006
    10
    The best movie of 2005. I'm completely shocked by the lukewarm reviews. Are we so jaded that a well executed family drama can no longer The best movie of 2005. I'm completely shocked by the lukewarm reviews. Are we so jaded that a well executed family drama can no longer be admired, regardless of its simplicity? Jennifer Lopez was nothing but perfect in the movie and if she were not famous, no critic would have targeted her, otherwise. A perfectly made human drama. Expand
  3. Apr 3, 2016
    10
    This 2005 movie was a heartwarming well rounded family drama. Redford, Freeman and Lopez play their roles exceptionally well and in hindsightThis 2005 movie was a heartwarming well rounded family drama. Redford, Freeman and Lopez play their roles exceptionally well and in hindsight some of these were worthy of awards season buzz. It was a particularly welcome performance from Jennifer Lopez, who proved to the haters and critics that she is a very talented actress. You need to be a story lover to like this film, it doesn't present any of the action of a modern box office smash, but it is certainly an outstanding dramatic story. Expand
  4. HarrietB.
    Sep 6, 2005
    9
    I loved this movie! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the interplay between two of our best actors. Watch Becca Gardner come into her own as I loved this movie! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the interplay between two of our best actors. Watch Becca Gardner come into her own as the young girl who demonstrates both an innocence and wisdom that forces the adults around her to confront who they are. And marvel at Jennifer Lopez in what might be the best role of her career. She's convincing. It's a good, heartwarming story that also makes you think. Expand
  5. M.Wheatley
    May 7, 2006
    8
    Redford, Freeman, Bart the Bear 2, new young actress Becca Gardner and a one of Jennifer's best roles since "Out of Sight" make this one Redford, Freeman, Bart the Bear 2, new young actress Becca Gardner and a one of Jennifer's best roles since "Out of Sight" make this one of my recent faves. I find it facinating that all that I recommend it to at the video store where II work come back very satified and the critical response is very lukewarm. I wonder why the IMDB vote is over 7 and this site's almost 7 and yet only mixed or average critical response. Believe the people, not the critics. This is a very well made, heartfelt story with interesting characters. Expand
  6. RobertC
    Oct 17, 2006
    7
    I'm 75, a Norwegian and a sucker for films of this type. Sure it's formula and pulls all the strings. Even the bear decides these I'm 75, a Norwegian and a sucker for films of this type. Sure it's formula and pulls all the strings. Even the bear decides these people are neighborly. Refreshing to see good smelling manure that I can enjoy without guilt. Expand
  7. ChristinA.
    Sep 12, 2005
    1
    So boring and tiresome I left the theatre one hour into the movie. Cliche driven and sloppy. TERRIBLE movie - avoid at all costs.

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