Away from Her Synopsis
Alzheimer's disease pulls a long-married couple (Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent) apart.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
To say it is about a debilitating disease is as reductive as saying "Little Miss Sunshine" is about a beauty pageant. Both are intimate...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Anyone who could read Munro’s original story and think they could make a film of it, and then make a great film, deserves a certain awe.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
With a tranquil fearlessness, it goes beyond the death of memory, to see what might be found in the unexplored country beyond. The answer...
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88

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Even those who've long noted Polley's intelligence on screen will be amazed by the perception she displays as a filmmaker.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
All the acting is first-rate -- Dukakis gives major dimensions to a supporting role. And Christie, a Sixties screen goddess in "Darling"...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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The pain of watching a spouse succumb to Alzheimer's is given a particularly deep and sensitive treatment in Away From Her.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A feature film that's often astringent on the surface, yet deeply and memorably stirring.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Munro's stark lily needed none of this gilding.
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EXCELLENT

By goshowcorn
I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY WELL DONE, NOT TOO MUCH DRAMA BUT VERY TRUE TO LIFE. IT SHOWS THE LOVE OF A MAN FOR A WOMAN WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HIS HEART BREAKING, HE WAS WILLING TO MAKE HER HAPPY IN THE...

Away from her by Patricia Miller

By patsteve
Every preformance is superb, writing is excellence,...

Away From Her - wonderful movie

By cinsbythesea
While this is not a "feel good' movie by any stretch of the imagination, it's a movie worth seeing. Julie Christie is magnificent in her role (and still breathtakingly beautiful) as a woman with...

away from her

By judyferris
thought it was a beautiful love story about a very sad situation which was handled well. i really did not know what to expect but very pleasantly surprised. my husband and i left with tears in our...

Away from her

By xenalove
Julie Christie does a stellar performance and I found it to be extremely realistic and tender. I highly recommend people see it of all ages because it creatively but gently protrayed a very serious...

away from her

By athrall
From a health care provider's perspective...it was not realistic and somewhat confusing...the way in which the disease was portrayed seemed inaccurate...the nursing home policies and the staff...

Life isn't fair

By mibi52
No, it isn't fair that Julie Christie is still so radiantly beautiful at 66. Nor is it fair that a witty and radiantly beautiful character, Fiona, has early-onset Alzheimer's. And it isn't fair that...

amazing grace

By cinesister
Away from Her: one of the best movies I have seen in a long time, beautifully acted, with a poignant unsentimental script and terrific direction. For those of us who are now wataching our parents go...

Away From Her

By ericksonmj
Beautifully done - both photographically and acting. Language issue is very minimal....

beautifully done

By DeniBoog
Having had to deal with this myself I found this to be a very beautifully written story. While nothing can completely show you what Alzheimers is like and the toll it takes on the caretakers this...

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Rated PG-13 | For some strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Melancholy Alzheimer's drama OK for teens and up.
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