(2004)

Critic Reviews

63

Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Chicago Reader
Subtle and graceful directorial debut.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
The movie is filled with small moments of tenderness, insight and considerable wisdom.
80
Variety
Material that might have turned to standard dysfunctional family treacle in other hands is given stirring poignancy, warmth and emotional insight in Shona Auerbach's assured first feature.
75
Rolling Stone
What could have been a sentimental train wreck emerges as a funny and touching portrait of three bruised people.
70
Film Threat
While the film isn’t completely perfect, director and cinematographer Shona Auerbach shows that she’s a great new filmmaking talent.
70
The A.V. Club
On its own terms, Dear Frankie works much better than it really has any right to. Auerbach tells a small, contrived story, but gives it the weight of life.
70
"Miramax porn." The term refers to manipulative tearjerkers like Dear Frankie whose sensitive performances, along with a light dusting of grit, allow them to be marketed as art films. This one is clever enough to fool a lot of people.
63
ReelViews
The end result is an unremarkable, unmemorable movie that deserves neither praise nor approbation.
50
Well acted, capably directed, not as substantial as it might have been.
40
The movie’s glib trafficking in illness, death and pinched little faces to jury-rig our emotional responses (Gibb was inspired by the equally likable, equally pandering Czech film "Kolya") lost me at hello.

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