100

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Polley tackles painful issues with candour and tact. She has a gripping tale to tell. It's a film that raises questions about the ownership of memory and ownership of narrative.
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100

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
This is the kind of film that benefits from being experienced with as little prior knowledge as possible. As one watches it, certain questions may arise. But don’t worry — the answers are fascinating.
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100

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Stories We Tell marks the finest of Polley's filmmaking skills by blending intimacy and intrigue to remarkable effect.
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100

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Seriously, one of the most jaw-dropping revelations occurs halfway through the final credits. All of which makes the stories Sarah Polley tells in Stories We Tell an enormously intriguing lot.
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100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Polley has gone further into the thorny subject of forgiveness than any of her peers. Her movies ache with ethical quandary; Stories We Tell aches the most.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sarah Polley's memoir is a poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology.
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100

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
This wondrous, absorbing little picture covers a great deal of winding meta-territory, reflecting on the ways in which a single family's story can be told—or maybe, more accurately, examining the idea that there's no such thing as a "single story."
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100

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
A powerful and thoughtful film, it is also not what it at first seems, which is part of the point Polley appears to be interested in making. Can the truth ever actually be known about anything?
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
By the end, the rug gets pulled out from under us, showing that even the reality we think we see may be an illusion.
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80

Variety

By Guy Lodge
The alternately playful and elegiac Stories We Tell is wholly of a piece with her fiction work, and just as rewarding.
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91 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.