Film Threat

By Eric Campos
A very important film that is as sad as it is uplifting. After viewing it you may just have a whole new appreciation for life.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
There's a lot of talent on display here: Dukakis has never been better and once again Fitzgerald proves himself to be a filmmaker of unfailing sensitivity, capable of transforming what could have been distastefully flip or overly lachrymose into something humorous but deeply heartfelt.
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Entertainment Weekly

Aggressively drab and granular, the movie feels like a late-'80s AIDS passion play given an ill-fitting post-Sept. 11 makeover.
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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A good edit would have allowed the film's worthy, obviously heartfelt, message to shine.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
It's a movie about a nice guy with a lot of friends who dies. It's not really about the wider tragedy the film aspires to represent.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The topic is thought-provoking, the flashback-based structure is interesting, and there are surprising twists near the end. But there's also an overdose of sentimentality that badly dilutes the picture's impact.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Other than the terribly miscast Posey, the cast is solid, with Dukakis wrenching the heart as a mother tested to the max by her son's request. But the movie didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
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Chicago Tribune

Just sit, feel a little blue and watch Parker Posey wander through New York in an ugly conservative suit. In "Blade," at least she'll get a snazzier wardrobe.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Dukakis gets off some of the film's best lines and keeps the worst from sinking the whole affair; Polley's role is limited, but her character's audition for a feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Heartfelt but interminable movie.
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42 out of 100
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