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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 75
    Inventing the Abbotts has the cast and characters to be something special; the script just isn't ambitious enough.
  2. The veteran Baker anchors the proceedings, and you would like to see more of her character.
  3. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    An emotionally powerful but extremely old-fashioned coming-of-age saga.
  4. 50
    The members of its young cast (Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler) have all shown promise elsewhere, but don't really get to do much but look attractive and troubled here. They may be stars, but as long as they keep treading water in bland stuff like this, the world may never know.
  5. This thing can take pride of place in a long tradition of Hollywood howlers.
  6. The drama is long on 1950s atmosphere and complicated feelings, short on emotional depth and real psychological insight.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    20
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. TerryO.
    Oct 17, 2005
    8
    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 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. Collapse

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