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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even the best actors -- and I'd rank Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo among their generation's finest -- can't save a movie that aims for tragedy but stalls at soap opera. show more

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    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Despite some solid acting, the film is lacking in surprises. For all the suffering that these characters endure, there's very little payoff. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Tries rather feebly to examine complex questions of morality. It does a better job of capturing a sense of shattering grief, but it gets too caught up in plot contrivances and coincidences to be believable. show more

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    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller. show more

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    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    George, director of "Hotel Rwanda," is better at directing actors than visual storytelling. Every time the camera tilted to suggest a character's shaken world or distorted worldview I didn't feel heartache, I felt headache. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Unrelentingly bleak, the movie is nonetheless a riveting drama with some outstanding performances. show more

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    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Paints itself into a corner, creating a static situation in which everyone is either stymied or wracked by indecision, leaving the movie free for its two male leads to wallow in self-pity, remorse and bad behavior. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Instead of a tense, emotional and psychological thriller or a thoughtful exploration of grief and guilt, what we end up with is ... soap. Whether you choose to wash your hands of it is up to you. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's hard to watch two fine actors working themselves into a lather for so little reward. show more

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    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The book tore at my heart; the movie left me strangely unmoved. show more

  • July 02, 2008 Eric
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    A very well acted movie, good plot.

  • May 22, 2008 hague1753
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    Joaquin Phoenix could have done a better job. He sometimes felt fake. Aside from this, however, Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo shine. The movie was predictable, and there wasn't a happy moment in the whole film.

  • May 22, 2008 itexman
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    great cast, great connecticut locations...but mostly a gloomy mood and quite predicable.

  • May 22, 2008 lgorfain
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    Great cast... their Oscar performances will live with you. Structure just a bit too facile, but this movie and cast deserve better reviews.

  • May 22, 2008 mjay3
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    The script gives all actors a great range with which to work and all rise to the occasion carrying the audience into their drastic emotional web.

  • May 22, 2008 starrmom99
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    This is a great Movie

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