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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. The movie is filled with small moments of tenderness, insight and considerable wisdom.
  2. But as the story takes some surprising turns, it works like a slow infection: Patient audience members may find themselves awakening to the story in much the same way the characters awaken to their own capacities for tenderness.
  3. 75
    What could have been a sentimental train wreck emerges as a funny and touching portrait of three bruised people.
  4. Within this overly familiar trope, there's plenty of room for small surprises, not the least of which are delightful, understated performances all around.
  5. 70
    While the film isn’t completely perfect, director and cinematographer Shona Auerbach shows that she’s a great new filmmaking talent.
  6. A Scottish weepie of such bathos and balderdash that it deserves a drinking game in its rotten honor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. JulieG.
    Jul 17, 2006
    Wonderful, endearing story. I would love to see a sequel. It's been a while since we have rented and found a film we have not been disappointed in. I definitely plan to purchase this one. Expand
  2. Jen
    Oct 22, 2005
    I really liked this Movie! I really like Gerald Butler and he was awesome in this movie. The movie is simple, but also moving at the same time. I don' t like how the movie ended, but hopefully they will make a sequel. Expand
  3. PaulK.
    Jun 1, 2006
    I first saw the preview of "Dear Frankie" on the Finding Neverland DVD and bought a copy. It is one of the best films I have seen. The script and performances are all outstanding. The film could have become corny or maudlin and sentimental, but managed to avoid every pitfall and be genuinely moving and believable, given the unlikelihood of the set-up. I'm 65 and have watched the film 6 times in the month I own it. Expand
  4. PaulD.
    Jul 24, 2006
    Contrived, but very touching movie that works because of capable direction and outstanding cast.
  5. ChadS.
    Nov 4, 2005
    Frankie(Jack McElhone) is deaf, not dumb, but Lizzie(Emily Mortimer) forgets her own words when she enlists The Stranger(Gerald Butler) to play surrogate daddy for her son. Great strokes of luck obscures the consequences that Lizzie would've faced having supplied Frankie with an extra dad, but the talented cast makes "Dear Frankie" work. A parent should be the last person in the world to condescend towards a disabled person because it's something they'll face their own lives. It was wrong of her to dupe Frankie. But Mortimer invests so much compassion in her born-to-be-maternal face, it's only after "Dear Frankie" is over that we realize what she had done was wrong. Expand

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