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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This engrossing blend of humor and heartbreak only hints at the causes, from betrayal to child abuse, of this family's dysfunction. Hang on. Attention is richly rewarded. show more

  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    When all is fretted and done, there's little dramatic payoff in this moody first feature by Bart Freundlich. But cinematographer Stephen Kazmierski's images are appealing, and the mood is on target -- Thanksgiving as hell. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The characters are sharply etched but the plot is made deliberately ambiguous, suggesting that family life is so emotionally intricate that no single story can contain or explain it. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A low-key holiday drama that's refreshing not only because it lacks the big discovery melodrama of most similar movies but because it's entirely believable. show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Freundlich's problem is that he has made an essentially interesting movie that never seems brave enough to say what it really intends. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's probably not the last word in WASP angst, but it's eloquent, witty, graceful and as sharp as can be. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Less can sometimes be perceived as more, but in the case of The Myth of Fingerprints less is simply less. show more

  • 50
    Entertainment Weekly

    The first-rate cast is wasted serving up this melodramatic turkey. show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    It's a decorous film, conventionally well-made, but don't be fooled. Its emotional impact is considerable. show more

  • 70

    Stands as a wonderful ensemble piece not unlike Woody Allen's dramas "Interiors" and "September." show more

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