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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's tough to imagine a guy who won't squirm through this tale of 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A heartwarming, inspirational tale. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    An engaging film bolstered by the stellar performance of Julianne Moore. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Startlingly original film. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The actress' [Julianne Moore's] goodwill, alone, holds this schizophrenic story together - if just barely. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    A spirited comic drama, toplined by Moore's lovely performance. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Avoids obvious sentiment and predictable emotion and shows this woman somehow holding it together year after year, entering goofy contests that for her family mean life and death. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Anderson is the rare filmmaker who doesn't want to use the actress as an instrument or to exploit her independent-movie cachet. She has freed Moore to be what she hasn't been with many directors: credibly human. show more

  • 75
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    With its predictable confrontations and tacky fantasy sequences, you feel writer/director Jane Anderson steering the material toward schmaltzy movie-of-the-week territory at every turn. show more

  • 75
    Angel Cohn TV Guide

    Moore and Harrelson are very well cast. show more

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