88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Washington, typically, is rock-solid in front of the camera, conveying ample warmth and sympathy. Behind the camera, he's a relatively straightforward storyteller, strategic in his use of lyrical touches.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Emotionally honest, feel-good saga with a universality that stands out in a season of singularly depressing and cynical Hollywood product.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A deceptively simple movie with a deeply felt message.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Antwone Fisher has a confrontation with his past, and a speech to the mother who abandoned him, and a reunion with his family, that create great, heartbreaking, joyous moments.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny. Plus when it's done with this much care, corny works for me.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The uniformly fine performances are a tribute to Washington, who plays the shrink with his customary command.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Intense but dignified.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A safety-first, tried-and-true inspirational story that stays the course right down to its "It's a Wonderful Life" ending.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Affecting but formulaic.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has warmth and integrity, but it lacks the urgency of a story that had to be told.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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