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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing images and language.

PG-13 In Theaters 09/30/2005 , 99min.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
It has its own subversive power, as it elevates one family's struggle for working-class survival and valorizes a woman of simple faith and inner strength. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
But it's one thing to write a loving ode to your mother; another to direct an ode to an ode. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
An engaging film bolstered by the stellar performance of Julianne Moore. Full Review
David Edelstein
An honest tear-jerker. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Moore's scenes with a miscast-but-game Harrelson offer a study in how spouses learn to handle even their partners' most destructive impulses, but in most other moments, Anderson fails to get beyond the surface of her characters' lives. Full Review

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