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88
Chicago Sun-Times
Antwone Fisher has a confrontation with his past, and a speech to the mother who abandoned him, and a reunion with his family, that create great, heartbreaking, joyous moments.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A deceptively simple movie with a deeply felt message.
88
Washington, typically, is rock-solid in front of the camera, conveying ample warmth and sympathy. Behind the camera, he's a relatively straightforward storyteller, strategic in his use of lyrical touches.
88
New York Post
Emotionally honest, feel-good saga with a universality that stands out in a season of singularly depressing and cynical Hollywood product.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Intense but dignified.
75
The uniformly fine performances are a tribute to Washington, who plays the shrink with his customary command.
75
Miami Herald
The rare sort of movie that gives predictability a good name.
75
Corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny. Plus when it's done with this much care, corny works for me.
63
New York Daily News
A safety-first, tried-and-true inspirational story that stays the course right down to its "It's a Wonderful Life" ending.
60
Wall Street Journal
Affecting but formulaic.
50
Has warmth and integrity, but it lacks the urgency of a story that had to be told.

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