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  • Summary: Set in the 1970s, Mighty Fine is the story of Joe Fine, a charismatic, highspirited man, who relocates his family—-wife Stella, daughters Natalie and Maddie-—from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in search of a better life. Joe’s devotion to his family knows no bounds, and he seeks to provide them with the ultimate in the good life, from a palatial home to a steady string of extravagant gifts. Unfortunately, Joe’s spending spree is wildly out of touch with reality, as his apparel business is teetering on the brink of collapse, a fact he refuses to accept. On the surface Joe is a charmer with a king-sized personality, but underneath he is possessed by a deep-rooted anger which he frequently turns on the family he loves. An emotional powder keg ready to explode at any instant, Joe holds his wife and daughters captive to his unpredictable mood swings. (Adopt Films) Collapse
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 25, 2012
    63
    If you can overlook Andie MacDowell's Mitteleuropa accent as a Jewish Holocaust survivor (I know: big if), the cinematic roman a clef Mighty Fine has some quiet charms.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 24, 2012
    50
    Mighty Fine chugs along heartily until it abruptly stops on the edge of cliff, leaving you feeling shortchanged. It is a couple of crucial scenes away from feeling complete.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 24, 2012
    50
    It all makes for a family therapist's dream scenario, but an otherwise choppy and predictable memory piece.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 22, 2012
    40
    The mood is generally melodramatic and ends as mushy, aided by the soft-focus cinematography that drenches it all in melancholic nostalgia.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 24, 2012
    40
    Boasting perhaps the most bored-sounding voice-over ever, this unexceptional drama imagines itself - much as its young heroine does - to be far more noteworthy than it actually is.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 24, 2012
    40
    Subtle, it's not.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 21, 2012
    38
    Debbie Goodstein-Rosenfeld's film seems oddly anemic when it deals with anyone but Chazz Palminteri's Joe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 31, 2012
    7
    I found the story line to be very deep and moving and while it left me wanting more it also touched me deeply in a reminder of how real families aren't always so Disneyesque....
    The Performance of Chaz Palminteri shows just how wonderfully cast he was for this role and how he has many levels to his acting abilities...

    The daughters were simply amazing and I can see long careers for both...

    The Artwork brought me back to my own childhood in the 70's and the art director did an amazing job recreating the scenes from that time period.

    Overall I would recommend this movie for those that want a deep thinking film and not just action and adventure this summer.
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  2. May 28, 2012
    3
    Mighty Fine is padded with subplots. The anti-Semitism arc doesn't peak the way it should, and there's a subplot about Joe's involvement with loan sharks that doesn't resolve. Mighty Fine is painful to look at. Edges are blurry, and colors are dull. It's shot largely in close-ups, and there isn't much coverage. The direction is overall leaden and predictable, and newcomer Qualley, while attractive, is particularly wooden. The script is melodramatic. There is no subtext in Mighty Fine. There is just text. It's in bold, and underlined. A voice-over narration, read by a flat, nasal Garofalo continues well past its welcome. Full review on my blog. Expand

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