• Released
  • September 30, 2005

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Anderson is the rare filmmaker who doesn't want to use the actress as an instrument or to exploit her independent-movie cachet. She has freed Moore to be what she hasn't been with many directors: credibly human.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Avoids obvious sentiment and predictable emotion and shows this woman somehow holding it together year after year, entering goofy contests that for her family mean life and death.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A heartwarming, inspirational tale.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Startlingly original film.
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Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
With its predictable confrontations and tacky fantasy sequences, you feel writer/director Jane Anderson steering the material toward schmaltzy movie-of-the-week territory at every turn.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An engaging film bolstered by the stellar performance of Julianne Moore.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
A spirited comic drama, toplined by Moore's lovely performance.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The actress' [Julianne Moore's] goodwill, alone, holds this schizophrenic story together - if just barely.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's tough to imagine a guy who won't squirm through this tale of 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Anderson's adaptation is heavy on production numbers in which jingles come to life and light on conveying any real feelings of Eisenhower-era darkness the prizewinner herself might have felt during her decades of marriage to an abusive, drunken man.
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58 out of 100
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