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Metascore

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100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Delicate, intelligent and honest.
90
A compelling family melodrama somewhat in the manner of late John Cassavetes or early Robert Altman...the film combines high production values, terrific acting and a distinctively American lyricism in a combination you hardly ever see these days.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.
83
The song may be somewhat familiar, but Sach gets understated performances from his entire cast and finds interesting harmonies as they play out their clashing duets.
75
I despised the character of Alan James so sincerely that I had to haul back at one point to remind myself that, hey, I've met Rip Torn and he's a nice guy and he's only acting.
75
A slow seduction.
75
New York Post
Rip Torn gives his best performance in years.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
A drab, minor-key melodrama.
40
Repetitive interaction between characters in an aimless story can't hold up the film's weight, and it eventually collapses on its noble attempt to capture life's frustrations and compromises.
40
Rip Torn and Darren Burrows respectively over- and underplay their hands in this archly restrained Memphis melodrama.

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