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  • Summary: When a heart-broken actress and her "civilian" sister return to their theatrical family's crumbling home for very different reasons, secrets are exposed,rivalries are rekindled and love as rare as a blue bullfrog begins to bloom. (Rainbow Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Nov 30, 2012
    50
    In the end, there is something to be said for letting actors loose on a roller-coaster ride, but from time to time, someone needs to be operating the brakes.
  2. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Oct 16, 2012
    50
    Partly reverent, mostly sendup, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway depicts theater folk as those lovably quirky people who can't stop performing in life, for better or worse. This film might be perfect for a preteen acting camp, or anyone whose eyes have that glowing, cultlike spark of the stage-obsessed.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Oct 10, 2012
    40
    In an overlong sequence shot to resemble an actual play, the acting feels so forced, the staging so wooden, that it's impossible to be fully engaged in what's actually going on. The actual story is, if not quite rote, certainly nothing new.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 10, 2012
    40
    An investment in theatrical self-indulgence with diminishing returns.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 16, 2012
    40
    Eventually, the self-regarding acting clan admits they're only human after all. By then, the audience may want to disown them.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 18, 2012
    20
    Though Jaglom intends for us to be charmed by show folk, the amateurish performances and perennially misjudged direction wind up portraying them instead as boundlessly needy narcissists.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Oct 17, 2012
    12
    Henry Jaglom applies what must by now qualify as a tradition of pointless agitation to the disruption of theater. Unsurprisingly, the results are disastrous.

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