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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...
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88

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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A heartwarming, inspirational tale.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Startlingly original film.
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75

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
With its predictable confrontations and tacky fantasy sequences, you feel writer/director Jane Anderson steering the material toward...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An engaging film bolstered by the stellar performance of Julianne Moore.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
A spirited comic drama, toplined by Moore's lovely performance.
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63

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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50

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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42

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...
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