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  • Summary: A funny, sharply observed tale of an uneasy and emotionally charged New England family reunion. (Sony)
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  1. 75
    This engrossing blend of humor and heartbreak only hints at the causes, from betrayal to child abuse, of this family's dysfunction. Hang on. Attention is richly rewarded.
  2. 75
    A low-key holiday drama that's refreshing not only because it lacks the big discovery melodrama of most similar movies but because it's entirely believable.
  3. It's a decorous film, conventionally well-made, but don't be fooled. Its emotional impact is considerable.
  4. Less can sometimes be perceived as more, but in the case of The Myth of Fingerprints less is simply less.
  5. Has some good performances (Ms. Moore's ongoing snit is a terrifically sustained bit of glowering), but it only barely begins to knit its self-pitying characters into a credible family unit. They are oddballs with attitude.
  6. Reviewed by: Denise Lanctot
    50
    The first-rate cast is wasted serving up this melodramatic turkey.
  7. As Freundlich surely knew, he must have counted, as do we, on the revelation of character to enrich the piece. It doesn't happen. None of the people is particularly interesting, not even the obligatory neurotic, well enough played by Julianne Moore. [6 October 1997, p. 28]

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