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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Movies like this, from "Diner" to "Beautiful Girls" to "Garden State," have a standard trajectory, and this film's no different. But it has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns Fairhaven into an inviting place to visit. show more

  • 63
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    O'Brien also provided the lethargic direction and collaborated with Messina on the cliché-infested script, which is long on booze-filled confessions. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Though its insights are slight-the movie feels as delicate and ephemeral as its sleepy winter surroundings - you can't help but admire the overall generousness O'Brien shows to his characters and performers. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    There isn't a dishonest moment in Fairhaven, Tom O'Brien's piercing, wistful portrait of three longtime buddies in their mid-30s who reunite around a funeral in a southeastern Massachusetts fishing community. show more

  • 60
    Joe Leydon Variety

    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence. show more

  • 40
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Messina's performance has a lived-in, emotional messiness, but the film is nothing but clichés. show more

  • 42
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Fairhaven's location is lovely. Its actors are terrific. All of them beg for something better. show more

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