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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    They try to make Beverly adorable, and the movie comes off strained and dishonest as a result. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's Barrymore's most ambitious role to date. She proves she is maturing as an actress. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's as if the filmmakers, having committed themselves to the book, fled from its essence, which is wildness. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's the kind of film -- like Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" -- that even as it dissolves narratively, still makes you dissolve emotionally. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Needs someone to roll down a window and let in some fresh air. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A film like this is refreshing and startling in the way it cuts loose from formula and shows us confused lives we recognize. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Barrymore gives a performance that's nuanced, assured and captivating. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's just another case of mourning over what might have been. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    What's lacking is any sense of Beverly's brightness. She's supposedly smart, but she never displays a shred of intelligence. show more

  • August 11, 2013 obabystar
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    Very slow and plodding story line but nice pay off at the end. You care about the characters, keeps you sucked in.

  • May 27, 2009 coverdinrane
    Report This User

    I loved this movie! Steve Zahn was great. He pulled off a tragic character that still had just the right amount of humor to make him lovable. If you're a mom (or probably even if you're not) you are going to cry!!

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