100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Among the many strengths of the sweetly touching Introducing the Dwights, a small gem from Australia unearthed at the Sundance Film Festival, is that Jean never becomes Godzilla.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It does what all good coming of age movies do, and that makes it a worthy and welcome entry into the genre.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
No matter how good Blethyn is at playing up the sweet hurt of a woman who is well on the decline but never made it in the first place, your admiration for her shrieking-and-drinking breakdown scenes is likely to be tested after about the fifth go-round.
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63

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
The dynamic between mother and son is fascinating, with Blethyn creating a character who is more antagonist than villain.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
For those seeking an alternative to giant robots and flying wizards, there's an amusing Australian comedy that might be just the right panacea for blockbuster overload.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you find a movie with a more annoying central performance than the one given by Brenda Blethyn in Cherie Nowlan's Introducing the Dwights, keep it to yourself.
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50

Chicago Tribune

The movie successfully balances the sentimental and bittersweet only about half the time. The performances are intelligent and well-crafted, and Blethyn is unmistakably a star performer, attracting attention like a vortex. But she's somewhat miscast here.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in "Little Voice."
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40

Wall Street Journal

Jean's material is so flat-out awful it's amazing she gets hired at all, let alone that she once supposedly had headliner potential. It's a discrepancy that Introducing the Dwights never addresses.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Nothing about this movie works, not the title (it used to be called "Clubland "), not Blethyn's attempt to inject comedy into her rickety stereotype of a character.
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50 out of 100
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