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Based on 41 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    You won't see more explosive acting this year. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The payoff in 21 Grams comes not from watching characters achieve or overcome but from the recognition of their struggle not to give up the fight. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Unstintingly explores and exposes excruciating pain, raw grief, ruinous vengeance and life-affirming resilience, creating human portraits that are uncommonly exhilarating in their honesty. This is cinematic art in its highest form. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Penn has been praised lavishly for his work in "Mystic River," in a role that was no reach for him at all, but this is one of the stand-out performances of his career, layered and exquisitely nuanced. And, remarkably, he's only one-third of a stellar ensemble. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This sad, staggering drama should be seen: out of the grimness, and the profound calamity, you can almost taste life in your mouth. show more

  • 100
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    As darkness falls over the movie landscape comes the year's darkest and best movie of them all - Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A stunning virtuoso performance by director, cast and crew. This movie knocks you out with an astonishing blend of hyper-realism, visual complexity and powerful themes. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    At the very least, look for it on 10-best lists next month, and there's every chance it will be a strong contender at the Oscars. Filmmaking so sensitive and intelligent deserves its weight in honors. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A stunning kaleidoscope of a motion picture - a mosaic of images that gradually resolves itself into a powerful tale of tragedy and redemption. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Blessed with one of the strongest casts of any American movie this year, this bravura film, with its radical structure, is full of risk and reward. show more

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