Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 88
    Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire.
  2. 88
    The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything.
  3. Soars on the strength of strong acting and a script that stubbornly refuses to go all sappy and preachy.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JayH.
    Jan 31, 2009
    6
    Dakota Fanning just doesn't have the acting range to pull off the film. Queen Latifah is terrific though. Rather predictable and overly Dakota Fanning just doesn't have the acting range to pull off the film. Queen Latifah is terrific though. Rather predictable and overly dramatic, it all seems so familiar. Too slow moving at times. It is a well meaning film, but it is flawed. Full Review »
  2. KenS.
    Jan 2, 2009
    9
    I love films that reach deep into my soul to resurrect emotions that are stiffled by the daily march of stress layden life. This film crushes I love films that reach deep into my soul to resurrect emotions that are stiffled by the daily march of stress layden life. This film crushes ones heart. tosses it around, plants it on an alter and then heals it. Full Review »
  3. ShanaK.
    Nov 15, 2008
    9
    The story was well written and well acted. A character driven story where the characters have a lot of depth and the story definitely evokes The story was well written and well acted. A character driven story where the characters have a lot of depth and the story definitely evokes emotion. Bring kleenex if you cry easily in movies as there were lots of sniffles in the theatre. Full Review »