Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 10, 2013
    90
    There isn't a dishonest moment in Fairhaven, Tom O'Brien's piercing, wistful portrait of three longtime buddies in their mid-30s who reunite around a funeral in a southeastern Massachusetts fishing community.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jan 10, 2013
    63
    O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 10, 2013
    60
    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 10, 2013
    60
    Movies like this, from "Diner" to "Beautiful Girls" to "Garden State," have a standard trajectory, and this film's no different. But it has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns Fairhaven into an inviting place to visit.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 9, 2013
    60
    Though its insights are slight-the movie feels as delicate and ephemeral as its sleepy winter surroundings - you can't help but admire the overall generousness O'Brien shows to his characters and performers.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jan 9, 2013
    50
    The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 9, 2013
    42
    Fairhaven's location is lovely. Its actors are terrific. All of them beg for something better.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 8, 2013
    40
    Messina's performance has a lived-in, emotional messiness, but the film is nothing but clichés.
  9. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 10, 2013
    38
    O'Brien also provided the lethargic direction and collaborated with Messina on the cliché-infested script, which is long on booze-filled confessions.

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