• Released
  • April 20, 2001
  • R , 2 hr 3 min
  • Drama
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Paul Malcolm
Performances that are natural yet weighted with history and frequently heart-wrenching.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The actors seem exhilarated.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This very earnestly American prison gives off an unusually mellow European air.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie doesn't crank up the volume with violence and jailhouse cliches, but focuses on this person and his possibilities for change.
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63

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Marred by sappy fantasy sequences and a sentimental finale that's out of step with most of the rest of the movie.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The film's touches of unconventional style interfere with its emotional effectiveness at times.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
The very strong performances in this low-budget film deserve a better narrative structure to strut their stuff.
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48

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Sentenced its audience to a maudlin death.
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40

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The result is so overloaded with extra characters, tangled story lines, dance numbers, fantasies and flashbacks that the once-simple plot feels puffed-up and irritatingly self-important.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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