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  • Summary: With levity and sadness, two grown children and their aging parents struggle with the decision whether the older generation should stay in the house where they have lived for fifty years. Shot in the house where the director’s parents lived for close to fifty years shortly after they moved out, the film’s semi-autobiographical story is memorably acted by a small ensemble cast led by Elliott Gould. Shot in sequence in three weeks with a heady mix of improvisational work by both author Richard Ledes and his cast, the film’s personal approach to its subject captures a universal story uniquely told. (Virgil Films & Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Gerstenzang
    Sep 18, 2012
    70
    Mostly, it captures how old age decimates even the people who don't suffer from it.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    Except for a subplot about a missing cat that suggests that Fred may be considerably dottier than he appears, the movie gets almost everything right about the uncomfortable moment when grown children are forced to be their parents' parents.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 23, 2012
    70
    The bigger issue is that the film is more a slice of life than a real journey. It's an intriguing slice, but the real depth is in the performances, not the story. [18 Oct 2012]
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 21, 2012
    63
    This carefully observed slice of life is dragged down by the dreary and distracting hand-held camerawork.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    Irregularly spiked with some droll sitcom-style humor, this thoughtful but exceedingly modest miniature will be best nursed within the festival circuit.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    It also points to one of the movie's most nagging problems: Stuck somewhere between personal memoir and universal truth, Fred Won't Move Out ends up being neither.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    The film is not a compelling drama so much as a poignant observation of a sad situation.

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