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'All We Had': Tribeca Review

17 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's easy to see why Katie Holmes picked Annie Weatherwax's acclaimed 2014 novel to make her directorial debut. Concerning the travails of a homeless single mother and her teenage daughter, the story packs in enough hot-button social issues to have fueled an entire season of The Oprah Winfrey Show. They're all there, from the financial crisis to subprime housing loans to alcoholism to homelessness to teen drug abuse to tolerance of the transgender community. The film also provides the talented actress with her meatiest role since 2003's Pieces of April. Unfortunately, All We Had, receiving its world premiere at

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- Frank Scheck

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All We Had review: Katie Holmes wows in her meandering directorial debut

16 April 2016 3:16 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A stellar, brazen performance by the Dawson’s Creek actor and her strong cast keep this film, about the bond between a wayward mother and daughter, afloat

Katie Holmes directs herself in All We Had, an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s popular novel, and delivers the strongest performance of her career. At 37 years old, the former Dawson’s Creek star is a welcome revelation.

In what marks her most worthwhile role since playing the titular scarred young woman in the 2003 film Pieces of April, Holmes throws herself into portraying Rita, a drug and alcohol addict and homeless mother to a young teen.

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- Nigel M Smith

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All We Had review: Katie Holmes wows in her meandering directorial debut

16 April 2016 3:16 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A stellar, brazen performance by the Dawson’s Creek actor and her strong cast keep this film, about the bond between a wayward mother and daughter, afloat

Katie Holmes directs herself in All We Had, an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s popular novel, and delivers the strongest performance of her career. At 37-years-old, the former Dawson’s Creek star is a welcome revelation.

In what marks her most worthwhile role since playing the titular scarred young woman in the 2003 film Pieces of April, Holmes throws herself into portraying Rita, a drug and alcohol addict and homeless mother to a young teen.

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- Nigel M Smith

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Katie Holmes Moves Behind the Camera for ‘All We Had’

6 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katie Holmes walks into Jean-Georges clutching an oversized paper coffee cup.

“I’m the jerk who brought the Starbucks,” she laughs, as a waiter swoops down to whisk the offending coffee from her hand.

Holmes, casually elegant in jeans and a tan coat, has been holed up in an editing suite, putting the finishing touches on her directorial debut “All We Had.” An adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s novel, the film’s look at a family pushed into poverty by the 2008 financial crisis seems worlds removed from the crowd at the posh Trump Tower restaurant.

“There was a line in the book, something like, ‘Superheroes drive broken-down cars, and they take their kid with them everywhere no matter what,’ ” Holmes said. “That was such a wonderful theme and a nice thing to put into the world.”

Holmes not only directed the film, she stars as Rita, a hardscrabble mother fighting »

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Movie Review: Touched with Fire

23 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Touched with Fire asks whether love between two thirty-something adults with bipolar disorder can be successful, loosely wondering about the intersection of sensuality, realism, and mental illness. It seems interested to extract a rubric explaining the connection between people with mental illness who are creatives. The film meanders through this exploration rather than makes up its mind as a creative drama or a serious character study where we could feel immediate pathos for the couple’s suffering and willfully involve ourselves in their situation (which could be an educational, engrossing filmic experience if well-presented). Contemporary films about mental illness such as Girl, Interrupted and A Beautiful Mind achieve this by stripping away characters’ “faces,” showing them as raw and realistic from the beginning. Disappointingly, this doesn’t happen in Touched with Fire. It takes time before New York City poets Carla (Katie Holmes) and Marco (Luke Kirby) approach identities more recognizably meaningful, »

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