(2006)

Critic Reviews

88

Metascore

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100
Anyone who could read Munro's original story and think they could make a film of it, and then make a great film, deserves a certain awe.
100
To say it is about a debilitating disease is as reductive as saying "Little Miss Sunshine" is about a beauty pageant. Both are intimate stories of family ties that bind but sometimes also choke.
100
Chicago Tribune
One of the most remarkable and moving love stories the movies have recently given us.
88
All the acting is first-rate -- Dukakis gives major dimensions to a supporting role. And Christie, a Sixties screen goddess in "Darling" and "Doctor Zhivago," shows that her spirit and grace are eternal. She's a beauty. So is the movie.
88
Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
88
A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last.
88
Even those who've long noted Polley's intelligence on screen will be amazed by the perception she displays as a filmmaker.
88
Miami Herald
As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes -- the nature of love, the role of sex in relationships and the ways in which we learn to make peace with our guilty consciences -- are relevant no matter what age you happen to be.
80
A feature film that's often astringent on the surface, yet deeply and memorably stirring.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
The pain of watching a spouse succumb to Alzheimer's is given a particularly deep and sensitive treatment in Away From Her.
75
Munro's stark lily needed none of this gilding.

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