Stories We Tell Synopsis
Filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates the truth about her family history.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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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so so

By movieguy4444
It took me a while to get interested in this movie. It was slow in the beginning and was like watching someones home movies. I got invested in the story near the end but overall I wish I had...

a real family story

By norbertolevin
I liked it, it's a slow movie, focused in a family's characters, that brings out what everybody knows but supposed to be secret. While not a "not to be missed" movie, it is of particular interest to...

Stories We Tell

By rayeroth1
It was a compelling look into a family. I am not spoiling anything, though, when I say that this documentary was filmed with actors; not the family members and friends interviewed. Knowing this...

Stories We Tell

By darevans77
It was basically a home movie....probably fascinating for the producers family but not so much for everyone else....boring!!! I was looking for more insight to the underlying dynamics that affect...

Engrossing film

By Show Me Move Me Change Me
We were easily drawn into this story, but as time went on we became confused and then then drawn in again. Fabulous characters. However as the credits rolled and we realized that some of the vintage...

Stories WE Tell

By JUliMELIK
This is my life. On my Mom's deathbed she said "When I was young" and died. I didn't know what she meant until I found a letter she had written back in 1961 about how sad she was that her "lover"...

Loved it, but it's not for everyone

By bkruger
I hate action films, love character studies, so this was right up my alley. It does get a little repetitive, could use some judicious editing, but I liked it quite a lot. Interesting how Sarah...

excellent documentary

By Doug75225
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unique documentary

By erinacrotty
I enjoyed it but it got a little slow and navel-gazing at the end......

No Spoilers

By minneh24
This is the type of movie where the less you know about it going in, the more enjoyable it is. But it is a great movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For Smoking, Sexuality, Brief Strong Language and Thematic Elements