75

Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
Lindo gives a powerhouse performance of immense feeling and subtlety.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
As lightheartedly as the film plays, Morrison manages to say quite a few serious things about immigration and otherness.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

A gentle fable, full of wit and charm.
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75

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Generally, thanks to solid performances and very nice cinematography, it hits, if not a home run, at least a solid double (or the British equivalent).
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70

Village Voice

If writer-director Paul Morrison's film traces a predictable arc from racial unease to acceptance, it's often winning--and sometimes tough-minded--in the details.
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70

Los Angeles Times

Aiming for the tough-minded nostalgia of John Boorman's "Hope and Glory," writer-director Paul Morrison catches both the innocence of childhood and its unconscious cruelty.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Good intentions and some nicely playful moments go a long way toward balancing out Paul Morrison's uneven story of British immigrants in the early 1960s.
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60

Variety

By Derek Elley
Full of charming moments, but swinging hither and thither between mainstream entertainment and an over-cooked anti-racist tract.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

Wondrous Oblivion goes awry in its sloppy racial drama, and although the cricket-training montages are good, they're still training montages, and this is just that kind of overfamiliar movie.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental. There's even a touch of Frank Capra.
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61 out of 100
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