Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. The movie's warm advocacy of hospice, with all the dignity such end-of-life care provides, does real, influential good.
  2. It's messy and painful, eased only the admirable modesty of Stockman's writing and direction.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Sally Field's flawless performance as a mother whose imminent death reunites her four grown children elevates a fairly formulaic melodrama in the made-for-Lifetime mode into something considerably more memorable.
  4. Casting choices seem oddly random (only Cavanagh and Nicholson have any familial chemistry). And the humor, which is vital to a movie this inherently grim, falls flat.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    50
    Though the subdued performances every so often find a poignantly understated moment, on the whole Two Weeks feels too detached and well-mannered for its own good.
  6. 50
    Despite striking a chord in terms of sibling politics and the inelegant ways we deal with death, Two Weeks too often feels as if it's destined for heavy rotation on the Lifetime Movie Network.
  7. Two Weeks gets into serious trouble in its clumsy attempts to offset the sadness and anxiety with humor. This pursuit of sitcom levity contaminates a movie that might have been an American answer to the hardheaded Romanian masterpiece "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu."
  8. The script is not without some perceptive observations about family dynamics, but the problematic tone keeps getting in the way. A little absurdist levity in these instances always helps to prevent things from becoming too maudlin, but in Stockman's hands, the played-for-laughs elements in this tragicomedy feel forced rather than organic, ultimately creating an emotional disconnect with the viewer.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Picture veers unsteadily between melodrama and light comedy, with no confidence in either.
  10. Reviewed by: John Maynard
    40
    To paraphrase her infamous Oscar speech: You will have to like Sally Field, you will have to really like Sally Field, to sit through Two Weeks.
  11. 38
    A low-key Field is the best thing about Two Weeks, which is set in a Wilmington, N.C., where everyone mysteriously sounds like he just got off a Los Angeles freeway.
  12. 38
    Creaky, earnest melodrama.
  13. Although well intentioned, has the superficial gloss of a TV movie of the week.

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