88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Barrymore gives a performance that's nuanced, assured and captivating.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's the kind of film -- like Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" -- that even as it dissolves narratively, still makes you dissolve emotionally.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A film like this is refreshing and startling in the way it cuts loose from formula and shows us confused lives we recognize.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's Barrymore's most ambitious role to date. She proves she is maturing as an actress.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's just another case of mourning over what might have been.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
When Barrymore finally gets mean, the movie finally gets good. Then comes another sing-along, dammit.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Needs someone to roll down a window and let in some fresh air.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's as if the filmmakers, having committed themselves to the book, fled from its essence, which is wildness.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
They try to make Beverly adorable, and the movie comes off strained and dishonest as a result.
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43 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.