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100
Entertainment Weekly
Miller's theme is innocence, the loss of it, and the reclamation of equanimity in the face of that loss, and the music she makes is haunting.
88
A stinging elegy for lost American dreams.
75
An absorbing experience.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
A gut-punch of a movie, a potent, mesmerizing drama.
75
Smart and engrossing, if too heavy on the symbolism at times.
75
ReelViews
Camilla Belle is an impressive newcomer - this could be her breakthrough appearance.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon.
63
New York Daily News
Phenomenal acting, plus intelligent direction and themes, put The Ballad of Jack and Rose above other indie films about loss of innocence. At the same time, there is something garish about watching a father and daughter struggle with the snake of incest in their ill-advised Garden of Eden.
60
Wall Street Journal
Has density enough for several films. What's missing is spontaneity, and variety. And, throughout most of the narrative, velocity.
50
A self-conscious attempt at the brass ring.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Shaky story and predictable developments make this an off-key ballad.

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