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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The vision of him pretending to be a sullen teen is a distraction the movie never overcomes. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    There's a palpable element of honesty in Lapica's writing and lead performance that gives this indie production, the edge over other troubled teen dramas. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    On the basis of this film, Monty Lapica, at 24, has a career ahead of him as a director, an actor or both. He also has a life ahead of him, which the film does a great deal to make clear. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    There are nice touches, particularly in Venora's performance and Timothy Kendall's editing, but the film's maudlin edge illustrates the dangers of directing your own material: There's no one on hand to tell you when what you think is "just enough" is actually way too much. show more

  • 63
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    It's worth noting that the movie's spiritual underpinnings are sometimes fairly subtle and other times veer into "Touched by an Angel" territory. The third act is downright Bible-thumping. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Lapica isn't yet enough of a writer or director (or an actor) to make the dramatic arc unpredictable in any way. It may be effective for some as therapy. It is far less so as cinematic storytelling. show more

  • 67
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    A compelling small-scale drama, and Lapica is a talent to watch. show more

  • 58
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware. show more

  • 25
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Before the movie reaches its climax, it has created a mess that requires divine intervention. show more

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