100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As darkness falls over the movie landscape comes the year's darkest and best movie of them all - Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
At the very least, look for it on 10-best lists next month, and there's every chance it will be a strong contender at the Oscars. Filmmaking so sensitive and intelligent deserves its weight in honors.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This sad, staggering drama should be seen: out of the grimness, and the profound calamity, you can almost taste life in your mouth.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Unstintingly explores and exposes excruciating pain, raw grief, ruinous vengeance and life-affirming resilience, creating human portraits that are uncommonly exhilarating in their honesty. This is cinematic art in its highest form.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A stunning virtuoso performance by director, cast and crew. This movie knocks you out with an astonishing blend of hyper-realism, visual complexity and powerful themes.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Penn has been praised lavishly for his work in "Mystic River," in a role that was no reach for him at all, but this is one of the stand-out performances of his career, layered and exquisitely nuanced. And, remarkably, he's only one-third of a stellar ensemble.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You won't see more explosive acting this year.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Paradoxically, a movie that loses power the more you perceive what's actually going on in it. Laid end to end, the story is, to put it mildly, overwrought, fusing several cataclysms too many.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

The payoff in 21 Grams comes not from watching characters achieve or overcome but from the recognition of their struggle not to give up the fight.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Long on mood and moodiness, but at a loss as how to break any interesting human ground.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.