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Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    100
    Both heartfelt and tough-minded.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    A Thanksgiving family reunion comedy that sparkles with acerbic wit, original characters and genuine heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    80
    This warm and scruffy film may strike some as a mere period piece, but it's juiced with recognizable family trauma and garnished with a quirky sensibility -- it's the portrait of a group of people we come to care about.
  4. 75
    The highest compliment I can pay Pieces of April is that it brings to mind a Paul Simon lyric: "the mother and child reunion is only a motion away."
  5. As pat as some of its conclusions may seem, this low-budget effort has charm, fine acting and one of the few realistic screen depictions of the awkward dynamics of a family trying to circle its wagons.
  6. 63
    Sweet and tart in just the right doses, but there's also something underwhelming about it.
  7. 30
    Manipulative and cloying, Pieces of April turns into something altogether creepier, even pathological, whenever first-time filmmaker Peter Hedges (screenwriter of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "About a Boy") brings up race.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. JudithM.
    Aug 3, 2007
    10
    One of the best movies I've seen all year!
  2. JeremyF
    Feb 16, 2008
    8
    Very cute, very good film. I really like it. This is a superb spell-binding from Katie Holmes. (Aw, look at Katie homes pre-Cruise... it's so nice.) Expand

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