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Based on 19 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Blending humor and heartbreak in a performance that makes a small movie a richly satisfying one, Caine truly is magic. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Requires us to repress any thoughts about stale material and keep Caine's heartfelt performance front and center. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    No one could save Is Anybody There? from its treacly self and Michael Caine doesn't, but he gives it a grand try. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    More deft than it first appears, director John Crowley's gentle-but-not-sappy drama features another late-day masterpiece-in-miniature from Michael Caine. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    While Caine and young Milner make for amusing adversaries, it's nice to see Crowley paying respect to his elders by populating the retirement home with a number of familiar faces, including those belonging to Rosemary Harris, Sylvia Syms and longtime "Coronation Street" resident Thelma Barlow. show more

  • 45
    Bob Mondello NPR

    All of this is at once predictable and implausible -- a two-hander of a story so overplotted and overpopulated that by the time it's winding up, the question isn't so much Is Anybody There? as it is, "Why on earth are so many bodies here?" show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I can't really recommend the film, unless you admire Caine as much as I do, which is certainly possible. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    You don't need a Ouija board to suss out where all this is heading, but Is Anybody There? counteracts its deficiencies -- predictability, sentimentality -- with a healthy dose of dark humor. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    All-too-familiar and schmaltzy territory for both coming-of-age films and movies with elderly actors. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Writer Peter Harness has based his screenplay on his own childhood experiences, but personal doesn't necessarily translate to fresh. show more

  • May 24, 2009 ncfrrst
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    A sobering look at old age, all the big questions and learning that reaching out to others and making a positive impact in the lives of others is still the best way to go. Michael Caine was made for this role, he was great. A flawed but darn good and quite moving film.

  • May 13, 2009 SlsPro110
    Report This User

    Great acting, great movie. Tired of the rock 'em, sock 'em movies always getting the acclaim when movies that have actual acting in them get ignored. This is a moving movie about life and how being elderly and youthful are beautiful. It will make you laugh and cry. Michael Caine should get the Academy Award for this one.

  • May 02, 2009 Nlf918
    Report This User

    Awful and depressing

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