Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 90
    A tender and hilarious vision of female adolescence.
  2. A freshness and intensity that recall the television series "My So-Called Life."
  3. Balaban's superb performance blends with Moyle's mostly understated directing to produce an uneven but sometimes enchanting comedy-drama.
  4. 60
    Balaban and Nairn are radiant, with none of the mannerisms that so often make Hollywood actresses look like Stepford teens.
  5. Under the direction of Allan Moyle ("Pump up the Volume"), Nairn, McCarthy and Balaban give confident, believable performances but overacting plagues the rest of the cast.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. MR.
    Sep 9, 2007
    9
    Great portayal of growing up in small town Cape Breton.
  2. SueG.
    Apr 26, 2007
    10
    I love this movie...and watch every time it's on cable.Does anyone know where I can find the soundtrack...I really enjoyed the music.
  3. PhilipB.
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    Having been raised in an Irish Catholic community near the ocean, this movie rang true in depicting the culture as I experienced it. The music, the views of the older people, and the desperate desire of some young people, such as I once was, to experience the larger world, while others will remain in the community forever. My children are growing up in a a different place, in a different state, and a different world. This recreates so much of what once was for them and, at the same time, is a warm, funny, affectionate, and smart view of female adolescence and the ways of my people in small communities. I don't believe the view is too cute, but instead portrays the charm, wit, superstitions, love of music, and the bizarre mix of ignorance and intelligence that was part of my growing up. Full Review »