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5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
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  1. MM
    Apr 21, 2009
    0
    The WORST movie I've seen in a long time! We laughed all the way through it and it's not a comedy. The eating scenes ... I mean ALL scenes were eating scenes and were just nauseating. Bruce Dern even dropped scrambled eggs out of his mouth while talking at breakfast. Everything was awkward - the camera angles were terrible during the "love" scene. The "meat" references were The WORST movie I've seen in a long time! We laughed all the way through it and it's not a comedy. The eating scenes ... I mean ALL scenes were eating scenes and were just nauseating. Bruce Dern even dropped scrambled eggs out of his mouth while talking at breakfast. Everything was awkward - the camera angles were terrible during the "love" scene. The "meat" references were plentiful and we even thought some savvy film crew member added some secret "getting your meat on" messages via refrigerator magnets at the end of the movie. YUCK! The whole movie was terrible and grossed me out! Note: You don't need eating or nauseating awkward sex scenes in EVERY scene if you have a plot to the movie! I can't think of one redeeming feature of this movie, except we got to laugh in derision throughout. Laughing is good for you, they say. Expand
  2. JayH
    Mar 22, 2009
    4
    This movie bored me to death. It's filled with characters I couldn't care less about or what happens to them. I just wanted to movie to end. Painfully slow. The acting is mixed. Jumbled direction. Skip dessert this time.
  3. LeifD
    Apr 14, 2009
    3
    Kristen Stewart delivers a compelling performance as a terminally ill teen is this otherwise lackluster film. Stewart's portrayal is first rate and deserving of award nominations but will likely be overlooked due to the overall reception of this sleeper. Apart from Stewart's character, everyone else in the film remains two dimensional and uninteresting, never earning the respect Kristen Stewart delivers a compelling performance as a terminally ill teen is this otherwise lackluster film. Stewart's portrayal is first rate and deserving of award nominations but will likely be overlooked due to the overall reception of this sleeper. Apart from Stewart's character, everyone else in the film remains two dimensional and uninteresting, never earning the respect of the audience or even the other characters. Expand
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The story is certainly predictable, but it contains just enough conflict and drama to engage the viewer.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    A vibrant, unpretentious small-town tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    There's no kind of wonderful in Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, yet however slight her ensemble drama--about two distressed families in the Rockwellian framings of time-forgotten rural America--maybe, it's at least convincing in its genuine sweetness.