Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Don't let unpleasant personal dental associations stand in the way of seeing a luminous specimen of independent filmmaking.
  2. One of the best pictures so far this year, marking a high point of Rudolph's career and reconfirming the extraordinary talent Mr. Campbell has shown in earlier films. Dentistry will never seem the same.
  3. Think of easy jazz or soft soul, with Rudolph's cinematic improvisations soaring and circling the melody while adding quirky variations.
  4. 90
    While it's Dave's madly humming brain that propels the film, Davis, whose every glance is a short story in itself, makes Dana's internal crisis equally resonant.
  5. This portrait of a failing marriage is one of the summer's great discoveries, and a marvel of mercurial intimacy.
  6. A stylish work from an accomplished, sophisticated filmmaker that bristles with intelligence and gleams with Scott's and Davis' multifaceted, astutely judged portrayals.
  7. 90
    Small, quiet movie that imperceptibly takes its viewers by their throats and doesn't let go
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    May not be the best movie ever made about the perils of family life, but it is among the most ruthlessly comic.
  9. 88
    Scott and Davis could not be better. You're in for something special.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    An excellent adaptation of a wonderful work of fiction (The Age of Grief).

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