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  • Summary: Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson (Gyllenhaal) begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Maggie Gyllenhaal is such a miracle of an actress that she makes you respond to the innocence of Sherry's desperate, selfish destruction.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Maggie Gyllenhaal cements her reputation as a gifted, if somewhat aloof, actress in Laurie Collyer's sad character piece.
  3. What distinguishes the film from its many peers is the quality of Ms. Collyer’s writing -- which rarely reaches for obvious, melodramatic beats -- and the precision of Ms. Gyllenhaal’s performance. She treats the character neither as a case study nor as an opportunity to show off her range, but rather as a completely ordinary and therefore arrestingly complicated person.
  4. 70
    Gyllenhaal turns the young ex-con into an enormously sympathetic figure, but by the end there's no denying that her need for the girl is as selfish as her addiction.
  5. 70
    The wonder of Sherrybaby is that we can admire Sherry's exuberance and evident love of life -- and the extraordinary actress who portrays her -- without really being sure where she's going.
  6. 50
    Sherrybaby is the kind of pretend-arty Sundance thing that gives indie cinema a bad name.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    25
    A movie bursting with nothingness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    5
    Hard nosed Maggie performs well here. The movie feels a little bit slow and empty. The substance centers around another self inflicted addict whose selfishness leaves her desperate. Expand

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