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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 65
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 65
  3. Negative: 4 out of 65
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  1. MarkR.
    Feb 9, 2001
    3
    Average TV-movie drivel that I click past on Lifetime nearly every night. Boring characters, tepid dialogue, unbelievable situations--it's claim to fame is supposedly how real it is, but that don't mean it ain't boring.
  2. MarkR.
    Feb 9, 2001
    3
    Average TV-movie drivel that I click past on Lifetime nearly every night. Boring characters, tepid dialogue, unbelievable situations--it's claim to fame is supposedly how real it is, but that don't mean it ain't boring.
  3. C.Monster
    Aug 7, 2004
    3
    One of those movies where I hear critics and fans rave, and wonder what the fuss is all about. It's slow and ponderous, and you just keep waiting and waiting for something to happen, but nothing does. The performances are all fine, but all of these actors have done better work elsewhere. The ending of the movie doesn't satisfy, either. The best thing that can be said here is One of those movies where I hear critics and fans rave, and wonder what the fuss is all about. It's slow and ponderous, and you just keep waiting and waiting for something to happen, but nothing does. The performances are all fine, but all of these actors have done better work elsewhere. The ending of the movie doesn't satisfy, either. The best thing that can be said here is that you feel frustrated with Ruffalo's character throughout. It takes a lot for a performance to deliver that level of energy throughout that, as a viewer, you're frustrated. But, otherwise, this just felt like a waste of my time. This was nominated for a writing Oscar why??? Expand
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. (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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    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.
  3. Melancholy little gem of a movie.