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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's not just that Jennifer Lopez looks lost and out of her league acting with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman. That's to be expected. It's the drag-ass solemnity of this turgid family drama that makes you crazy. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A perfectly OK drama, with a good cast and many good scenes, but it suffers from the usual maladies that films get when they've been out on the ranch too long: all-too-obvious symbolism and a serious case of the longueurs. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Poignant and well-acted, it offers heartfelt moments leavened by subtle humor. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Everything about An Unfinished Life's screenplay is cliched and predictable, but the actors manage to elevate the proceedings above and beyond shameless soap. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's no great thing, but in their (Weinstein brothers') heyday as Oscar campaigners, they could have made Redford a contender. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film never realizes its dramatic potential, choosing to take predictable story paths with obvious characters. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sometimes you are either open to a movie, or closed. If you're convinced that An Unfinished Life is damaged goods, how can it begin its work on you? show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    An Unfinished Life isn't original, but, for those who enjoy this sort of drama, it's an opportunity to remember how, in the right circumstances, on-screen characters can touch our hearts. show more

  • 75

    You can't help but see this movie being crafted out of shards of movies past, seemingly in a cut and paste method. In the hands of a less skillful director, the film could very easily flop, but it doesn't. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Your basic Lasse Hallstrom formula-film, featuring people in dire situations who are redeemed when their basic goodness comes to the fore, elevated a notch by a pair of actors displaying sides we don't often see. show more

  • October 24, 2008 inthegarden10
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    I loved this movie, it was a feel good movie about life.

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