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88
The Yellow Handkerchief tells a timeless fable, and tells it extremely well.
80
Cohn has assembled a quartet of gifted actors who are captivating under Prasad's perceptive direction.
75
Wonderful, honest and low-key performances inform and enhance The Yellow Handkerchief, an otherwise unexceptional little drama.
70
Four terrific performances make the transition to a U.S. setting go smoothly for British director Udayan Prasad.
70
Variety
A thoughtful, niche-oriented portrait of four off-the-beaten-path characters trying to find their way.
70
Village Voice
All three leads are solidly convincing in their candor. And Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges (The Mission) shoots the hell out of the swampy South to make for a nontoxic diversion.
60
If Mr. Hurt gives a meticulously detailed performance, he is still so innately refined that Brett never quite registers as an authentic blue-collar type, either vocally or in his body language. Ultimately, men like Brett are just not in Mr. Hurt’s DNA, and you are left with the impression of observing a silk purse artfully (but only partially) disguised as a sow’s ear.
50
It’s nice to see a film unafraid to be quiet and sensitive, but one good gust of coastal breeze would blow this one away.
50
If it were just Hurt's show, it'd be a helluva trip.
40
Even though the Bello-Hurt thread is unconvincingly brought up to date at the end, this inside-out movie gets good mileage out of letting us watch characters watch each other.

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