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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the year's sweetest surprises. It sneaks up on you, disarming you with its modesty and tenderness, its remarkable lack of self-infatuation. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Polley's performance is pitch-perfect. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's hard to take this movie seriously. It's the cinematic equivalent of dotting your i's with a big heart, a very youngish view of life and death in which everything is too neatly wrapped up with a bow. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Successfully surmounts nearly all the challenges of making a film about a young person dying. Which means the writer-director avoids pitfalls. It is not cloying or sentimental or falsely optimistic. It avoids bathos and exaggerated emotions. Instead, the film affirms life in surprising and gratifying ways. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    This contemplative drama manages to dodge mawkish potholes to emerge as a strangely life-affirming work. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There are a thousand ways you can imagine My Life Without Me going gruesomely wrong but, somehow, it doesn't. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I think the screenplay, written by director Isabel Coixet, is shameless in its weepy sentiment. But there is truth here, too, and a convincing portrait of working-class lives. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Sweet and moving, and occasionally irritating, but it's never embarrassing. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It has a naive, heartfelt selfishness that may offend some viewers, and a resolve that others will find intensely soothing. ''Dying's not as easy as it looks,'' cautions Ann's doctor (Julian Richings), but here it's as easy as a movie can make it. show more

  • 63
    Kelly Borgeson Premiere

    Touching. show more

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