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Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Avoids obvious sentiment and predictable emotion and shows this woman somehow holding it together year after year, entering goofy contests that for her family mean life and death.
88
Anderson is the rare filmmaker who doesn't want to use the actress as an instrument or to exploit her independent-movie cachet. She has freed Moore to be what she hasn't been with many directors: credibly human.
75
A heartwarming, inspirational tale.
75
An engaging film bolstered by the stellar performance of Julianne Moore.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Startlingly original film.
75
Miami Herald
With its predictable confrontations and tacky fantasy sequences, you feel writer/director Jane Anderson steering the material toward schmaltzy movie-of-the-week territory at every turn.
75
Moore and Harrelson are very well cast.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A spirited comic drama, toplined by Moore's lovely performance.
63
New York Daily News
The actress' [Julianne Moore's] goodwill, alone, holds this schizophrenic story together - if just barely.
50
It's tough to imagine a guy who won't squirm through this tale of 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Anderson's adaptation is heavy on production numbers in which jingles come to life and light on conveying any real feelings of Eisenhower-era darkness the prizewinner herself might have felt during her decades of marriage to an abusive, drunken man.

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