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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A surprisingly moving drama - a throwback to the small, character-driven indies of yesteryear. show more

  • 50
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    If it were just Hurt's show, it'd be a helluva trip. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Four terrific performances make the transition to a U.S. setting go smoothly for British director Udayan Prasad. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Redmayne is hugely persuasive as a redneck geek -- you'd never guess he's a Brit with credits in classical theater. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The Yellow Handkerchief tells a timeless fable, and tells it extremely well. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The formula is obvious, but the story, curiously, turns out to be based on fact. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    This trio of losers somehow forms a kind of loony family. Like the one in "Little Miss Sunshine," which also used the metaphor of a broken-down car to drive home its point, the interpersonal dynamics are out of whack, but not unworkable. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The performances are what put it over -- that and the observant camera of director Udayan Prasad. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Wonderful, honest and low-key performances inform and enhance The Yellow Handkerchief, an otherwise unexceptional little drama. show more

  • January 07, 2011 PetalsofSeven
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    I thought this movie had a lot of heart. I shed some tears at the end.

  • April 10, 2010 DOCRTM
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    The above first review is completely misleading, and as a result , I - (1) almost didn't want to see the movie, and (2) while viewing this movie kept anticipating a different reaction from William Hurt.. His role was not that of a sexual predator and this was not a DARK or sick movie. A little slow at times, but in the end very heart warming.

  • March 15, 2010 ISEEEMALL
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    SPOILER ALERT: This film is well acted, but seems to say, "Hey, society,we're too hard on sexually aggressive, repressed,older male ex-con strangers with anger management issues; they're actually nice, trust-worthy folk. Vulnerable boys and girls, don't be afraid to let them into your hotel rooms, cars, and lives; feel free to act out your adolescent fantasies with them. Plus, male sexual aggression is normal at any age; what a lot of you gals call sexual assault is just hormones and misunderstanding; you're over reacting, give 'em a chance. And, parents, stop worrying about your daughters and ignore that funny feeling you have about that neighbor man; you're probably misjudging him." This is a dangerous message, given the numbers of females (and males to a lesser degree) who are molested by age 18 by older men, 98% of whom are known to them and their families and the rest by strangers.

  • March 12, 2010 fnmmom
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    Nice slice of life story about love and trust. I really enjoyed this film and the acting. A very believable and sweet story.

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