Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Plays like a series of well-done but disconnected acting-class sketches, filled with a huge cast of first-rate actors whose careers have all gone into decline.
  2. 52
    The movie is as schmaltzy as I'd feared, and yet De Salvo does elicit some nice performances from her ensemble cast.
  3. 50
    Annie DeSalvo, a first-time director and screenwriter, can't escape the made-for-TV feel but does manage to give her cast, mostly once-big names fallen from grace and popularity, flashes of humanity between lessons about various saints and sermons disguised as dialogue.
  4. 50
    A soggy cannoli of a domestic dramedy.
  5. Rather like listening to Vladimir Horowitz play "Chopsticks."
  6. Reviewed by: Nico Baumbach
    50
    An earnest ensemble weeper I'd at least feel comfortable seeing with my grandmother.
  7. Although DeSalvo performs the miracle of making these characters seem like people we actually know, occasionally her delivery definitely makes us wish we didn't.
  8. 40
    Smacks of a certain kind of TV movie filled with pious uplift, even as it makes token concessions to contemporary lifestyles.
  9. 38
    All the obligatory plot elements are there. Love and loss, anger and forgiveness, illness and death. But they never flow together to make a coherent story. Instead, they just pop up whenever the script is in trouble. Which is all the time.
  10. Only a memorably commanding Ruehl transcends the limitations of her two-dimensional character.
  11. Has plenty of warmth, affection and conventional wisdom, but too much of the time it plays out in routine fashion with moments of contrivance.
  12. 25
    The movie should be praying to St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes. Maybe he could perform a miracle and turn this into a cable offering, so no one has to buy a ticket to see it.
  13. We all know how actors overact when they play Italians, and we all know how actors overact when they play brain-damaged characters, so just imagine Knight's performance as a brain-damaged Italian American.
  14. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    20
    The cast, which includes Cloris Leachman as the sisters' mother and Paul Sorvino, Jamey Sheridan and Mark Harmon as their various men, emote like pros, even as they deplete any audience goodwill left over from past triumphs.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    20
    Most discomforting of all is the sight of world-class actors stuck in such threadbare material.
  16. 20
    The characters seem both reduced and idealized, and the plot has turns a dispassionate dramatist would avoid.
  17. Although the concept seems promising enough, it is undone by disastrous casting decisions and an utter lack of ensemble unity.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. C.
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    Even though the reviews weren't great... I liked it!!!