• Released
  • January 11, 2013
  • (Limited NY)
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Slice of Life
90

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
There isn't a dishonest moment in Fairhaven, Tom O'Brien's piercing, wistful portrait of three longtime buddies in their mid-30s who reunite around a funeral in a southeastern Massachusetts fishing community.
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63

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Though its insights are slight-the movie feels as delicate and ephemeral as its sleepy winter surroundings - you can't help but admire the overall generousness O'Brien shows to his characters and performers.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Movies like this, from "Diner" to "Beautiful Girls" to "Garden State," have a standard trajectory, and this film's no different. But it has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns Fairhaven into an inviting place to visit.
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60

Variety

By Joe Leydon
While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
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50

Slant Magazine

The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes.
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42

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Fairhaven's location is lovely. Its actors are terrific. All of them beg for something better.
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40

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Messina's performance has a lived-in, emotional messiness, but the film is nothing but clichés.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
O'Brien also provided the lethargic direction and collaborated with Messina on the cliché-infested script, which is long on booze-filled confessions.
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54 out of 100
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