100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance. Taken all in all, there's only one last thing to say about it. Go.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Richly textured, beautifully acted.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Too many films about the dead involve mourning, and too few involve laughter. Yet at lucky funerals there is a desire to remember the good times.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If truth be told, the film is less than the sum of its parts; the main problem is the fragmented narrative structure, a legacy of the literary source. Still, it's a joy to see men and women with dense life stories played by powerful actors with long and distinguished careers.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The storytelling may be ordinary, but the cast is one of those all-star reunions.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The actors do their best, particularly the impeccable Mirren, but Schepisi draws a shroud of chaste dullness over their scenes and lays on an energy- sapping score.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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