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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    All the acting is first-rate -- Dukakis gives major dimensions to a supporting role. And Christie, a Sixties screen goddess in "Darling" and "Doctor Zhivago," shows that her spirit and grace are eternal. She's a beauty. So is the movie. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    To say it is about a debilitating disease is as reductive as saying "Little Miss Sunshine" is about a beauty pageant. Both are intimate stories of family ties that bind but sometimes also choke. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A feature film that's often astringent on the surface, yet deeply and memorably stirring. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last. show more

  • 88
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Even those who've long noted Polley's intelligence on screen will be amazed by the perception she displays as a filmmaker. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The pain of watching a spouse succumb to Alzheimer's is given a particularly deep and sensitive treatment in Away From Her. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Anyone who could read Munro’s original story and think they could make a film of it, and then make a great film, deserves a certain awe. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    One of the most remarkable and moving love stories the movies have recently given us. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes -- the nature of love, the role of sex in relationships and the ways in which we learn to make peace with our guilty consciences -- are relevant no matter what age you happen to be. show more

  • December 13, 2012 loriebaxis
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    we are living this now with my mom. so true and touching! Bravo

  • May 22, 2008 kkarol25
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    Having been a caregiver for over 6 years I found very little depth in this movie.I found her too mentally well to go into the nursing home and he very much in his own ego needs. Again, there is that notion that we find ourselves through another person. So, there's that sexual part. I lead an Alzheimer's group with men and women and our dialogues were raw and tearful. We were too worn out to even think of adding on another relationship even with help from others or a nursing home situation. It isn't as understandable as you filmed and I am sorry you gave that impression.

  • May 22, 2008 stretchel
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    I absolutely loved this film - tho it was hard to find a theatre that was playing it...Julie Christie was BRILLIANT and is still so gorgeous.....As a daughter of an Alzheimer parent, I found the story very moving...Tho I thought Fiona had more verbal skills than most patients....Thank you for a terrific film!!

  • May 22, 2008 seagrape
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    Your review is like saying red loster serves the best fish.

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