Entertainment Weekly

Mariah Carey is perfectly fine playing a waitress who dreams of becoming, yes, a singer -- even if the superstar's presence in such a small venture seems jarring.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Tennessee is drenched in melancholy, a trip through a tunnel of pain illuminated by a lone ray of light at the end.
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L.A. Weekly

Woodley’s film mostly floats along on its melancholy drift, so well-attuned to the low-key rhythms of its beaten-down characters that it never quite summons up enough energy for the rest of us, who are along for the ride.
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Los Angeles Times

The dramatic payoffs are either nonexistent or overly manipulated, and for a journey that starts with so much deep-set pain and regret to end with a sentimental twist feels, to use a phrase anathema in Carey's world, off-key.
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By Ronnie Scheib
Ultimately, nothing can save this pic from the warm fuzzies.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The good news for Carey is that she gets to prove she's a pretty decent actress after all. The bad news, of course, is that she's done it in a movie no one has any other reason to see.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
It isn't saying much, but at least her (Carey) work here is more substantial than in the catastrophic "Glitter."
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New York Post

A twist ending does nothing to make the previous 85 minutes interesting.
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42 out of 100
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