Dear Frankie Synopsis
A mother protects her deaf child from the truth about his father and their frequent moves.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Wise and wondrous.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An endearing, occasionally sentimental story told with depth and substance.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The bold long shot near the end of Dear Frankie allows the film to move straight as an arrow toward its emotional truth, without a single...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The movie is filled with small moments of tenderness, insight and considerable wisdom.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's still shameless; the difference is you don't mind.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film, with its painterly juxtapositions of dockside industry, green hills, and cloud-scudded sky, is full of misguided motives and...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It is a sweet, wonderfully acted cameo of a movie about the lengths to which a lioness will go to protect her cub.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What could have been a sentimental train wreck emerges as a funny and touching portrait of three bruised people.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Doesn't revert to hairpin plot twists or other dramatic trickery to hook us in; Auerbach simply lets us live with her characters-which, it...
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16

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A Scottish weepie of such bathos and balderdash that it deserves a drinking game in its rotten honor.
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Rated PG-13 | For language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Moody but uplifting tale of deaf boy. Get your tissues!
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