Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Beautifully acted, structurally sophisticated heart-tugger.
  2. It's a gentle look at people who cut themselves off from others and realize consequences too late. If Southern Baptists believed in karma, this would be their touchstone.
  3. Kirkman is shrewd enough to coax a wistful performance out of pretty boy Kip Pardue.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. PhilA.
    Jan 30, 2006
    For me this was a personal story. It was set in the area I grew-up. It tells an interesting story that many will find hard to believe, but I believed it could happen. These characters are "everyman" in the area. I liked the way the story progressed as three stories and did not find it at all hard to follow. In fact I thought it was very well done. I found the movie both happy and sad and was surprised by the ending. Full Review »
  2. BrookE.
    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm sorry, but to me this film felt so very forced in its attempt at pathos. Plus, its annoyingly chopped-up timeline makes its plot details frustratingly hard to sort through in order to reach any satisfaction about the ending. I really could not understand why the majority of the Sundance audience I saw this with seemed to like it. I did not. It reminded me of my experience with another maddening film, "The United States of Leland," wherein the filmmakers offer no real insight into the subject and themes upon which they are ostensibly trying to shine a light. See it if you're in the mood for quiet contemplation with no real possibility for transcendence. Full Review »