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Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Boston Globe
As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A film like this is refreshing and startling in the way it cuts loose from formula and shows us confused lives we recognize.
75
It's Barrymore's most ambitious role to date. She proves she is maturing as an actress.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's the kind of film -- like Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" -- that even as it dissolves narratively, still makes you dissolve emotionally.
75
Baltimore Sun
Barrymore gives a performance that's nuanced, assured and captivating.
63
It's just another case of mourning over what might have been.
58
Entertainment Weekly
When Barrymore finally gets mean, the movie finally gets good. Then comes another sing-along, dammit.
50
New York Daily News
Needs someone to roll down a window and let in some fresh air.
50
Miami Herald
What's lacking is any sense of Beverly's brightness. She's supposedly smart, but she never displays a shred of intelligence.
40
Wall Street Journal
It's as if the filmmakers, having committed themselves to the book, fled from its essence, which is wildness.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
They try to make Beverly adorable, and the movie comes off strained and dishonest as a result.

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