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  • Summary: A poignant, sharp, insightful look at clashing cultures, modern maternity and the mystery of fate. (IFC Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. John Sayles's heartrending new film is a many-splendoured thing.
  2. 75
    Sayles handles this material with gentle delicacy, as if aware that the issues are too fraught to be approached with simple messages.
  3. Marcia Gay Harden is an angry vulgarian who steals shampoo off the maids' carts and bribes a lawyer to get her baby. Sayles may not have planned it this way, but Harden makes crassness as powerful as any maternal instinct.
  4. 60
    As usual, Sayles's dialogue scenes are as shapely as blown glass, but none of the characters' predicaments has been adequately explored, much less resolved, when the final freeze-frame arrives.
  5. There is often not enough space for all these personalities to truly play out. They tend to become types rather than people, representatives of classes and points of view more than individual human beings.
  6. 50
    The film feels more like a thesis than vivid drama.
  7. For all his patient, accumulative storytelling, Sayles yields little that doesn't feel trite or overly schematic.

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