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  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 75
    The film belongs to Phoenix ("To Die For"), who is terrific. He has the gift, shared with his late brother, River, of conveying emotions without pushing them at you. The delicacy of his scenes with Tyler lets you enjoy the film for what it truly is: a heartbreaker.
  2. 75
    Inventing the Abbotts has the cast and characters to be something special; the script just isn't ambitious enough.
  3. Apart from the script, it's the actors who make this a film worth seeing; all of them look and sometimes even act like real people rather than types or icons, and behind their interactions can be felt the depths of lived experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    Drowns in vanilla carnality.
  5. The drama is long on 1950s atmosphere and complicated feelings, short on emotional depth and real psychological insight.
  6. This thing can take pride of place in a long tradition of Hollywood howlers.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    The goofy hysteria of something like "A Summer Place" was infinitely more entertaining and emotionally authentic than the distant smugness of this failed clone. [7 April 1997, p. 76]

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  1. TerryO.
    Oct 17, 2005
    A collection of talent in a believable ensemble setting makes it more than it might have been. Yes, it is leisurely. Yes, it is too focused inward on a couple of themes. But it is a good looking scrapbook of a movie. How could you not want the best for Tyler and Phoenix, and Mrs. Holt? In the end, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. Kind of like in real life, and that bittersweetness is what , in the end, makes it worth watching and appreciating. Expand