Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    It's rare to get a good movie about the touchy adult relationship of a sister and brother. Rarer still for the director to be more fascinated by the process than the outcome. This is one of the best movies of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Satisfying in every respect, it's a piece of blue-collar chamber music, never treating the characters cheaply, allowing them a complex entwinement of emotions.
  3. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    It's simply a quiet and heartbreaking look at the dynamics of one family. That's the beauty of it.
  4. Beautiful, compassionate, articulate domestic drama.
  5. 100
    There may be bigger, costlier, weighter films this year. There's none lovelier.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Few films have explored the complicated bonds of love and resentment between brother and sister with such delightful honesty.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The best American movie of the year. Has a subtext so powerful that it reaches out and pulls you under. Even when the surface is tranquil, you know in your guts what's at stake.
  8. 100
    A humanistic gem of a movie, with unforgettable performances from Linney and Ruffalo.
  9. 91
    It's a movie about having a sibling and all of the pain, joy, love and anxiety that that entails: a movie, in other words, for almost everyone.
  10. A drama that embraces the ambiguities and contradictions of family ties and human nature in all its irrational glory.
  11. 90
    In this modest but brilliant little movie, we find ourselves immersed in life itself.
  12. 90
    It's a rare thrill -- in this cinematically hollow year.
  13. 90
    One of the best pictures I've seen all year. Funny, touching, even inspiring at times.
  14. Melancholy little gem of a movie.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Maybe these lives are, objectively speaking, inconsequential. But they have a resonance that big, sappy "relationship" pictures ought to envy.
  16. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    A sensitive, intimate, enormously touching drama.
  17. Honest, poignant and very funny, full of memorable, moving moments.
  18. 88
    One of the most rewarding and engaging movies of the year. Don't miss it.
  19. A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love.
  20. The best drama you've seen about Anytown, USA, since "American Beauty."
  21. 85
    It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama.
  22. (Linney and Ruffalo) are just beautiful enough, in fact, to be in the movies and still remain convincing as authentic folk, and their performances are tremendously moving.
  23. With warm humor and perceptive writing, director Kenneth Lonergan displays a gift for creating realistic characters and a compelling story.
  24. Writer/director Lonergan succeeds at capturing eloquently the disappointments of growing up and growing old. But he isn't always successful at reining in the schmaltz.
  25. Wittily written and deliciously acted, Lonergan's debut film is a clear cut above the average.
  26. It's a compassionate story about what makes people tick and what really matters.
  27. 70
    Beautifully acted, minutely observed story.
  28. 70
    A subtle and often surprising study of the relationship between damaged adult siblings, full of mordant humor and dramatic invention.
  29. 60
    Seems like a TV movie. A well-written, sympathetically acted TV movie, to be sure, but so timid and clumsy in its deployment of picture, sound, and editing that you have to wonder if executive producer Martin Scorsese bothered to give notes.
  30. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Lonergan's validation of big-minded small-town life has been neatened up to the point of blandness.
  31. Visually flat and uninteresting and too often feels like a (leisurely paced) filmed play.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    This film was so simple in such a perfect sense. The unpretentiousness of the film leads to the deeper greatness that can be overwhelmingly emotionally touched by viewers. The love, the warmth, the bond everything about the film was so true that it somehow connects to our lives one way or another. A Beautiful Film. Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    You Can Count on Me is one of the best 'slice of life' movies that I have ever seen. Laura Linney is at her usual best, perfectly cast for the role and Mark Ruffalo, is extraordinarily raw and funny and is key to most of the unforgettable moments in the film. Kenneth Lonergan has written a refreshingly original script and pulled it off exceptionally well despite having two siblings fighting with the vicissitudes of life as the protagonists. Full Review »
  3. BKM
    Feb 1, 2012
    A smart, complex and honest look at the ties that bind siblings together for better or worse. Linney and Ruffalo are terrific as a brother and sister working out their issues and the film is constantly challenging our preconceptions about who these people are and what drives their behaviors. Full Review »