(2001)

Critic Reviews

78

Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance. Taken all in all, there's only one last thing to say about it. Go.
100
Baltimore Sun
It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
90
Rolling Stone
A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Too many films about the dead involve mourning, and too few involve laughter. Yet at lucky funerals there is a desire to remember the good times.
88
Richly textured, beautifully acted.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
75
New York Daily News
It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
75
Miami Herald
It's a warm, skillful excavation of what look like ordinary lives, ones that aren't so simple once you dig a little deeper.
70
Wall Street Journal
If truth be told, the film is less than the sum of its parts; the main problem is the fragmented narrative structure, a legacy of the literary source. Still, it's a joy to see men and women with dense life stories played by powerful actors with long and distinguished careers.
67
Entertainment Weekly
The storytelling may be ordinary, but the cast is one of those all-star reunions.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
The actors do their best, particularly the impeccable Mirren, but Schepisi draws a shroud of chaste dullness over their scenes and lays on an energy- sapping score.

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