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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A straightforward drama done with a maturity and conviction impressive for a first film.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
The gentle lift you feel in watching Defying Gravity is propelled by the earnestness of its emotions.
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60

Film.com

By John Hartl
Has its clunky and wince-worthy moments, it does explore some new territory, and there are moments when it's quite fresh and moving.
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40

L.A. Weekly

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An exhaustingly melodramatic yarn...a sorely misguided attempt at tender, heartfelt realism, given a WB-glossy sheen and saddled with a...
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40

The New York Times

By Lawrence Van Gelder
Plods along, never catching dramatic fire, sometimes suffering from amateurish acting and often relying on its intrusive and treacly music...
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30

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
What really undoes writer-director John Keitel's admirable intentions is the general lack of artistry on virtually every level.
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30

Village Voice

By Dennis Lim
Denying Reality, more like. John Keitel's first feature is impossibly naive, even as smoothed-over coming-out tales go.
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