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  • Summary: This tearjerker centers on the relationship between a divorced mother (Sarandon) and the new woman in her ex-husband's life (Roberts).
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. A genuinely affecting movie that approaches its adult themes with intelligence, maturity, and rare authenticity.
  2. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    A film that's sad and poignant but not without humorous moments.
  3. It may be unfair to ask a film like this not to be shamelessly manipulative, but wouldn't it be nice if audiences could be trusted to feel things more or less on their own without layers of unnecessary hokum entering the picture?
  4. 60
    Less a movie about stepfamilies than a PSA about how cancer makes everyone behave themselves at Christmas.
  5. 50
    The skill of the actors, who invest their characters with small touches of humanity, is useful in distracting us from the emotional manipulations, but it's like they're brightening separate rooms of a haunted house.
  6. Reviewed by: Hollis Chacona
    These characters are too remote, too pretty, and too unrealistic to move us in any lasting way.
  7. 38
    This is the kind of tearjerker that will cause audience members to cry, but only because they paid hard-earned money to see it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 3, 2010
    This one of Julia Roberts better,newer movies. It's not like her take offs of 1940s romance thrillers made in the late 80s and early 90s where the woman would scream"I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME!" at her man. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2012
    This was quite a touching movie with great performances from its lead actresses. It was nice to watch the characters have fun at times. Great character building story. Expand

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