The Guardian

By Andrew Pulver
It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.
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The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
The story’s overall trajectory is familiar, and sometimes clichéd, but it still has the power to surprise and startle from moment to moment, which is what really counts.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s too long and wildly uneven. And the longer it goes on, the more uneven and oddball it seems.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This isn’t the sort of movie that defines anyone’s career, as “Sling Blade” once did. But in an industry averse to risk, passion projects — even uneven ones — are always welcome.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Behind the clunky machinery is a lyrical meditation on life, death, heroism, regret and forgiveness written in a florid style that might be described as Tennessee Williams on testosterone.
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By Eric Kohn
This tame exercise never quite jives and sometimes just bombs with one-note melodrama, but always maintains Thornton's conviction about the material.
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Feels more like a collection of interrelated short stories cobbled into an flavorful but ultimately unwieldy narrative.
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Slant Magazine

Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble Southern family dramedy fails to subvert its cutesy formula often enough.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Self-indulgent, heavy-handed and lumbering, Jayne Mansfield's Car is not a wreck, but it's certainly a vehicle for boredom.
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By Justin Chang
A fine cast can only do so much with the script’s pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture.
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48 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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