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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The uniformly fine performances are a tribute to Washington, who plays the shrink with his customary command. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Has warmth and integrity, but it lacks the urgency of a story that had to be told. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Affecting but formulaic. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A deceptively simple movie with a deeply felt message. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A safety-first, tried-and-true inspirational story that stays the course right down to its "It's a Wonderful Life" ending. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Antwone Fisher has a confrontation with his past, and a speech to the mother who abandoned him, and a reunion with his family, that create great, heartbreaking, joyous moments. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Washington, typically, is rock-solid in front of the camera, conveying ample warmth and sympathy. Behind the camera, he's a relatively straightforward storyteller, strategic in his use of lyrical touches. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Emotionally honest, feel-good saga with a universality that stands out in a season of singularly depressing and cynical Hollywood product. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The rare sort of movie that gives predictability a good name. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny. Plus when it's done with this much care, corny works for me. show more

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