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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    First-time film director Sullivan draws good performances from Goldwyn, Hutton and Parker, as well as Debra Monk, Elizabeth Franz and Eric Bogosian in minor roles. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film, directed by Daniel Sullivan, is brave, I think, to offer us a complicated scenario without an easy moral compass. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Daniel Sullivan's earnest adaptation of Jon Robin Baitz's play is worth seeing for Ron Rifkin's performance alone. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Consequently, your reaction to the film will pretty much hinge on your opinion of the play. Ho-hum is my humble verdict. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    In the case of Jon Robin Baitz's script, adapted from his play, in spite of the fact that he made considerable alterations in the text to open it up to cinematic possibilities, the movie disappoints in much the same way the play did. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Aside from a powerful performance by Ron Rifkin (reprising his stage role) and a few quietly effective scenes, there's not much reason to subject yourself to a film this off-putting. show more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle

    The screen version feels like a rewrite made to make the tale more palatable to the "mindless moviegoing masses," which prompts the question: Is the film a truer vision of Baitz's tale of an uncompromising man or a version in which the truer vision was compromised? show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This sensitive, sometimes troubling family drama is one of the rare movies dealing with intelligent adults tackling lifelike problems. show more

  • 42
    Entertainment Weekly

    Rifkin's descent into madness is Shakespearean in scope, but the rest (except Parker) are precious. Fire? Duraflame. [18Jul1997 Pg.90] show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The film, to its credit, never tries to pluck your heartstrings. As it follows the Geldharts around New York, they are figures in a meditative dialogue on human values that reaches no easy conclusions. show more

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