Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 88
    The movie's heart is in the right place.
  2. 90
    Offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley...(the film) cuts deep.
  3. 75
    Should make Polley, memorable in "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Go," into a bona-fide star.
  4. This patient, perceptive, nonjudgmental love story about age difference is the first to convincingly explain the temporal physics of May-December romances.
  5. At the heart of the film, Polley - with her wary, unsure stares, her open smile and beguiling intelligence - is terrific.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Wonderfully acted and slickly mad. Acutely written with an eye to the motivations and ambiguities involved on both sides in such a relationship.
  7. Polley, the paraplegic incest victim in Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter," gives a mesmerizing central performance.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    The cumbersome wrap-up, which follows a four-year narrative gap, seems too fanciful and bogs down what has been a stronger second hour.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    While the appeal of Guinevere is decidedly intermittent, it's there, and the acting is right on the money.
  10. 80
    Affecting, gloriously acted.
  11. Disarms with its sincerity and frankness.
  12. Affectionately told ...beguiling.
  13. 80
    As talented as Polley proved herself in "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Go," this is her best work yet.
  14. An enigmatic but gorgeous film.
  15. 70
    Rea hits just the right balance of sympathy and self-interest.
  16. 63
    A shy and depressed college graduate falls in love with a Bohemian artist, as in Woody Allen's "Manhattan."
  17. Reviewed by: Morgan Fouch
    75
    Polley's doe-eyed innocence is in overdrive.

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