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The American public likes nothing better than a tragedy with a happy ending, William Dean Howells observed. But Marshall so cautiously downplays the tragic elements of his plot that the sweetness and light left a sour taste in my mouth.
Charlotte Observer
Hector Elizondo, who has appeared in all 15 of Marshall's features, turns up as a Basque rancher and adds a bit of sparkle. I just wish Marshall's good luck charm was not a 70-year-old actor but a fresh, honest screenplay.
Entertainment Weekly
A clunky family-therapy soaper.
Chicago Tribune
Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.
Spin it however they like, the troubled but talented Lohan isn't what's wrong with this misbegotten mess.
The Hollywood Reporter
Proves to be more prone to malfunction than dysfunction.
The film is intended to be light and whimsical, but with a core of sincere emotion. But it's as if the thing were made by Martian anthropologists who assume that human audiences are as twisted as the people onscreen.
It tries to pass itself off as a film about feistiness, forgiveness and the bonds of motherhood. Instead, it deals lightly and inappropriately with promiscuity, alcoholism, drug abuse, grief and child molestation. Georgia Rule doesn't make you feel good; it makes you queasy.
Misguided at best and repellent at worst, the movie has, ironically enough, a single asset: Lohan's performance as a rebellious, uncontrollable teen.
Miami Herald
Georgia Rule is so artificial, it feels like more of a flow chart than a slice of life.
Certain words should be reserved for special occasions. "Abysmal" is one of them, and Georgia Rule is as special as such occasions get.

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