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Universal acclaim- based on 41 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. It turns out to be an especially warm comedy with a hidden heart. It's a film whose humor has feeling behind it because writer-director Peter Hedges doesn't let his comedy overpower an understanding of how emotionally weighted family situations are always going to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    80
    As the debate between digital video and film rages on, Pieces of April proves a point that many people overlook in the DV/film debate. If you have a great story, a great script and a great cast, DV will work as well as film onscreen.
  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. In a movie that dwells so wittily and movingly on forgiveness, you have to grant pardon. Clarkson alone makes "April" a feast.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    A modestly scaled film on every level, but Hedges and company manage to ring true on almost all the material's sweet and sour notes.
  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... 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.) Collapse

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