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  • Summary: An uncompromising look at lives in crisis and the redemptive power of friendship. Focusing on the universal themes of grief and healing, the film presents an intimate portrait of those who must pick up the pieces of a shattered world after a teenager kills eight other high school studentsAn uncompromising look at lives in crisis and the redemptive power of friendship. Focusing on the universal themes of grief and healing, the film presents an intimate portrait of those who must pick up the pieces of a shattered world after a teenager kills eight other high school students and himself in a school shooting. (DEJ Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Doug Brunell
    80
    An emotional picture that benefits from the extremely powerful performances of its stars.
  2. In the midst of this didactic, self-conscious movie about a high school shooting comes an extraordinary and intense performance by a young actress named Busy Philipps, which elevates the whole picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Distinguishes itself from other such projects by dealing less with the event itself than its devastating aftershocks.
  4. 50
    Ryan's heart is definitely in the right place and his film has good performances and flashes of talent. But, overall, it plays like the world's longest — over two hours -- after-school special.
  5. 40
    There are moments of real power here -- mostly courtesy of Phillips ("Dawson's Creek"), who does a remarkable job of turning her caricature into a character -- but even more of astounding naiveté.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    40
    Feels like detention -- without the possibility of recess.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    Writer-editor-director Paul F. Ryan makes the mistake of focusing on an ungainly and, finally, unplayable verbal match between two high schoolers.

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  1. gregm
    Nov 6, 2005
    10
    I though this movie was awesome! i even used it for an english task to convey the idea of an emotional journey between alicia and deanna. its I though this movie was awesome! i even used it for an english task to convey the idea of an emotional journey between alicia and deanna. its an excellent movie, the filmic techniques used put a great deal of emphasis on the plot line. Expand

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