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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The result, with its flashing perspectives and stealthy wit, is unique and unforgettable. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Sarah Polley's memoir is a poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The film is a mystery uncovered like a detective story, wrapped in a love letter. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This playfully complex and gently slippery analysis of memory and personal narrative manages to engage us in what's essentially the private business, some might even say the dirty laundry, of total strangers. show more

  • 100
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Seriously, one of the most jaw-dropping revelations occurs halfway through the final credits. All of which makes the stories Sarah Polley tells in Stories We Tell an enormously intriguing lot. show more

  • 100
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    This is the kind of film that benefits from being experienced with as little prior knowledge as possible. As one watches it, certain questions may arise. But don’t worry — the answers are fascinating. show more

  • 100
    Sheila O'Malley RogerEbert.com

    A powerful and thoughtful film, it is also not what it at first seems, which is part of the point Polley appears to be interested in making. Can the truth ever actually be known about anything? show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The various witnesses tell contradictory tales that turn this into a real-life “Rashomon." The fact that two of the principals — Sarah and Michael, who delivers touching and eloquent on-camera narration that he wrote himself — are accomplished actors adds another level of confusion and interest that help make this compelling storytelling. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley’s compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    Sarah Polley is much more interested in the malleability of memory and the consequential refractions felt throughout her kin rather than telling a linear narrative. show more

  • September 15, 2013 lf00000000164787
    Report This User

    terrible documentary 70\"s style pathetic base on real life

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