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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. 75
    Sometimes you are either open to a movie, or closed. If you're convinced that An Unfinished Life is damaged goods, how can it begin its work on you?
  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. Redford also deserves a lot of credit. It's not the kind of showcase that's going to earn him an Oscar, but, without too many compromises, he manages to find the soul of a difficult character and makes his emotional odyssey both believable and satisfying.
  4. It's an acceptable film, but the story of family ties and forgiveness simply cannot manage the emotional connections it is desperate for.
  5. 50
    This is certainly not a movie worth going out of your way for, but don't be surprised if you happen to come across it on cable one rainy Sunday afternoon and find yourself watching it to the end. Even Lopez pulls off a few good moments.
  6. 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.
  7. This unusual convergence of stars doesn't amount to much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. OJayM.
    Sep 13, 2005
    10
    The BEST Family Drama of the Year!! Every inch of this film should be nominated for the Oscars (at least nominated!!). Best Picture and Best The BEST Family Drama of the Year!! Every inch of this film should be nominated for the Oscars (at least nominated!!). Best Picture and Best Director; Best Actor: Robert Redford; Best Actress: Jennifer Lopez; Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman (though he did win last year); and Supporting Actress: Becca Gardner (she is still young and new but that "Whale Rider" girl got nominated for Best Actress!!). Now before anyone says I'm overdoing it - I'm not. I just knwo a good movie when I see it. Hey, even Ebert and Roeper give it two thumbs up!! Expand
  2. evelins.
    Dec 24, 2005
    10
    Very good movie. I love it! Jennifer Lopez is soo good and Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman are also very good. You must watch it!
  3. OwenC.
    Jul 23, 2006
    10
    the best movie i've ever seen. i can't believe critics are so against this movie. this movie is AWESOME if u can see it at all costs.
  4. jims.
    Sep 5, 2005
    9
    The film i saw was great. i usually agree with your critics to some extent but i believe in this case they really enjoyed to film but afraid The film i saw was great. i usually agree with your critics to some extent but i believe in this case they really enjoyed to film but afraid to admit it! Expand
  5. TonyB.
    Sep 12, 2005
    8
    It's the best film I've seen so far this year. I don't remember ever liking Robert Redford as much as I did in this, and It's the best film I've seen so far this year. I don't remember ever liking Robert Redford as much as I did in this, and I've seen virtually all of his films. As usual, Morgan Freeman turns in an outstanding job, and the hell with those who insist on saying that virtually all of his roles are the same. The Jennifer Lopez bashers will have to admit that given the right director and the right co-stars, she can deliver a highly credible performance, which is what she does here. Newcomer Becca Gardner is a find, and, handled well, she has a career ahead of her. The supporting cast is excellent right down the line. What a pleasure to see an adult film that I'm not ashamed to be caught watching! Expand
  6. FrankO.
    May 1, 2006
    7
    Best part of this movie was the interaction between Grandpa and his granddaughter. Redfor was good as a crotchedy old man; Freeman is his Best part of this movie was the interaction between Grandpa and his granddaughter. Redfor was good as a crotchedy old man; Freeman is his usual superb sidekick role. Lopez is okay but why would she sleep with a man after getting out of an abusive relationship, doesn't make sense to me. 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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