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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Critic Reviews

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

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