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Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23

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  1. May 16, 2013
    This movie is a little gem. I read the New York Times review that said it was "Brilliant" or whatever, and I don't know if I'd go that far, but it's definitely the best movie about divorce and child custody I've ever seen, and it's nothing like Kramer vs. Kramer. It's actually really sweet and real feeling, mostly because you really identify with the little girl Maisie. All the adult actors are great, and sometimes funny (Steve Coogan), but I especially loved Alexander Skarsgard. He seems like a loser when you first see him, but he ends up being super loving, and his scenes with Maisie are really fun to watch. Haters are going to hate, but I think anyone would relate to this film about parents, kids, and finding people to love. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2013
    This is a wonderful film with fantastic performances. This film will use up all of your emotions one moment your angry, another your sad, and even another you maybe happy that Maisie have some people who know what responsibility is and a sense of stability. Julianne Moore plays a supposed mother who is down right loathsome she may love her child, but she should not be having them. Steve Coogen plays a father who acts like he cares, but is barely around. My favorite character in the film except for the young girl is Lincoln played by Alexander Skarsgard who shows that real love can come from the strangest places. This film however belongs to young Onata Aprile who is pitch perfect as Maize. One of the best movies of the year so far. A Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2013
    this is as heart wrenching as they come. You will want to cry out loud for little Maisie, as her parents say the love her but after their divorce seem never to have time for the child and then, your heart will fill with joy as you finds love with two strangers. The acting first rate and the direction is fantastic.
    the movies message is clear, just because you shower you children with
    hugs and kisses and five the presents does not mean you love them. You most be there for them every step of the of the way. When Maisies's mother sais to her you know I love you right?" The child's hear breaking expression tells the whole story. I hope at Oscar time this movie is remembered. This is my favorite movie so far this year. This a gem. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2013
    Onata Aprile (Maisie) kills it in this movie! Rock solid performance. She outshines Julianne Moore in this movie about divorce and child custody. This is a must see for anyone out there!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Aug 24, 2013
    Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
  2. Reviewed by: David Gritten
    Aug 22, 2013
    Handsomely shot and stopping just short of cloying sentiment, this is an accomplished, engaging work.
  3. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Aug 21, 2013
    This tense New York drama from the co-directors of Bee Season and The Deep End is sensitive and almost unwatchably perceptive about dysfunctional families – and it’s acted with knife-sharp precision.