Infinitely Polar Bear

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jul 23, 2015
    88
    As the central character in “Polar Bear,” Ruffalo impressively explores the geography of a troubled mind, and makes the journey fascinating.
  2. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jun 19, 2015
    88
    Basically, Cam is one of the most entertainingly inappropriate guardians for impressionable youths since Auntie Mame.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 17, 2015
    88
    The movie is a small miracle, lifted by Ruffalo and these two remarkable young actresses. Refusing to soften the edges when Cam is off his meds, Ruffalo is a powerhouse. He and Forbes craft an indelibly intimate portrait of what makes a family when the roles of parent and child are reversed.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 17, 2015
    88
    Written with wit and nuance and sensitively directed by Maya Forbes, who makes a formidable feature-film debut, this is a movie that informs and entertains, with a centerpiece performance by the great, often underrated and always surprising Mark Ruffalo.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 23, 2015
    83
    Forbes' screenplay is fuller of humor than the topic might suggest, and Ruffalo as usual is imminently watchable, in a uniquely feel-good movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Emma Myers
    Jan 26, 2014
    83
    Drawing from the wellspring of her own life, Forbes' agile tone allows the film to indulge in heartbreak and humor with equal measure.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 18, 2015
    80
    Mark Ruffalo is yet again a revelation in Infinitely Polar Bear, and he’s not the only one. This is a first feature by Maya Forbes, yet many of its accomplishments put far more experienced filmmakers in the shade.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 16, 2015
    80
    Much of what happens in Infinitely Polar Bear could be unbearably painful, but Forbes sees the cracked humor in everything
  9. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 26, 2014
    80
    Forbes has a delicate but unsentimental approach, which gives her film the same infectious energy that blesses and curses Cameron. The end result feels good without feeling superficial.
  10. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 26, 2014
    80
    Ruffalo, a master of rumpled befuddlement, finds his signature role here—it can't be overstated how deftly he eases into the tricky creation, a blue-blooded slacker who aches when the world won't hug him back.
  11. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 26, 2014
    80
    Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Jul 17, 2015
    75
    What Ruffalo brings is a gravelly voice, soulful eyes, and absolute commitment. He's a little aw-shucksish in a Midwestern way but never corny and with a strong backbone. You like him and wouldn't want to cross him. Frank Capra would love Ruffalo. So would Hitchcock.
  13. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 3, 2015
    75
    Deeply personal and filled with love, Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear is nonetheless a hard movie to watch - hard to watch comfortably.
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 25, 2015
    75
    We veer close to the edge of Precious, Indie-Hipster Cliche so often in Infinitely Polar Bear, but thanks to a gifted filmmaker and two brilliant lead performances, the voice-over narration and the home-movie footage and the flights of fancy aren’t as off-putting as they might have been in lesser hands.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 2, 2015
    70
    Forbes' story and her direction of it may seem too sunny for some. But she keeps us refreshingly off-balance throughout, by letting us in on her memories the way she recalls them.
  16. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 8, 2015
    67
    With Infinitely Polar Bear, Forbes has created a warm family portrait, even though it sugarcoats the specter that mental illness casts on this group’s well-being.
  17. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 17, 2015
    63
    Cam (based on the director’s real-life father) is so charming and gifted in various ways that it’s easy to enjoy this fanciful look at a bohemian mixed-race family.
  18. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jun 15, 2015
    63
    Maya Forbes reveals herself as a sunny optimist, insistent on remembering the ecstatic highs and never dwelling on the despairing lows.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 26, 2015
    8
    Beautiful and moving story about family and love. Ruffalo plays brilliantly a man who has bipolar disorder and tries to take of his belovedBeautiful and moving story about family and love. Ruffalo plays brilliantly a man who has bipolar disorder and tries to take of his beloved daughters while his ex-wife studies in New York. Despite major difficulcites, we learn that love can heal anything when it's real and people make an effort. Seeing how Cam adapts himself to his new mission and how his family welcomes him, after many problems of course, is a very nice thing to see. Infinitely Polar Bear is a sweet, cute and touching movie, with great characters, and for all ages. Full Review »
  2. Jul 11, 2015
    10
    We have family members on both sides diagnosed with the bi-polar disorder. They are very different on how they handle it. This movie showedWe have family members on both sides diagnosed with the bi-polar disorder. They are very different on how they handle it. This movie showed how some people handle the disorder, along with the moments that they are out of control, and it was very realistic. Mark Ruffalo did an excellent job of being sympathetic in his craziness. The young girls were great in their attempts to deal with their father, very true to what children do. Zoe Saldana was also excellent in her despair of handling an almost impossible situation. For us, some of the situations can be quite funny, while others are heartbreaking, and that's what the movie showed, living with crazy. Full Review »
  3. Jan 13, 2016
    8
    You have to appreciate Mark Ruffalo's layered performance as a bi-polar father who's left in charge of his two kids. This film is funny andYou have to appreciate Mark Ruffalo's layered performance as a bi-polar father who's left in charge of his two kids. This film is funny and sweet even when his mood switches. I kind of loved this film. A- Full Review »