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100
Seriously, one of the most jaw-dropping revelations occurs halfway through the final credits. All of which makes the stories Sarah Polley tells in Stories We Tell an enormously intriguing lot.
100
Sarah Polley's memoir is a poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology.
100
This is the kind of film that benefits from being experienced with as little prior knowledge as possible. As one watches it, certain questions may arise. But don't worry - the answers are fascinating.
100
A powerful and thoughtful film, it is also not what it at first seems, which is part of the point Polley appears to be interested in making. Can the truth ever actually be known about anything?
91
By the end, the rug gets pulled out from under us, showing that even the reality we think we see may be an illusion.
88
The result, with its flashing perspectives and stealthy wit, is unique and unforgettable.
88
The various witnesses tell contradictory tales that turn this into a real-life “Rashomon." The fact that two of the principals - Sarah and Michael, who delivers touching and eloquent on-camera narration that he wrote himself - are accomplished actors adds another level of confusion and interest that help make this compelling storytelling.
88
Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley's compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general.
88
Sarah Polley is much more interested in the malleability of memory and the consequential refractions felt throughout her kin rather than telling a linear narrative.
80
This playfully complex and gently slippery analysis of memory and personal narrative manages to engage us in what's essentially the private business, some might even say the dirty laundry, of total strangers.
80
The film is a mystery uncovered like a detective story, wrapped in a love letter.

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