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75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
70
It's a decorous film, conventionally well-made, but don't be fooled. Its emotional impact is considerable.
70
It's probably not the last word in WASP angst, but it's eloquent, witty, graceful and as sharp as can be.
70
Newsweek
Stands as a wonderful ensemble piece not unlike Woody Allen's dramas "Interiors" and "September."
67
Less can sometimes be perceived as more, but in the case of The Myth of Fingerprints less is simply less.
63
Freundlich's problem is that he has made an essentially interesting movie that never seems brave enough to say what it really intends.
50
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.
50
Entertainment Weekly
The first-rate cast is wasted serving up this melodramatic turkey.

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