A strong, kind-hearted start to a hopefully active career [for director Amy Redford].
| Original Score: 3/5
I was seduced by Melody's story. Sucked in, enjoying Amy Redford's film despite myself.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Written by Amos Poe and directed with moxie by Amy Redford, it's the ultimate movie about optimism.
You have to see it for yourself. It is that out-of-the-depths triumphant.
A sobering and resonant tale.
This beguiling wisp of a film charms and maddens in equal measure.
We've probably all wondered what we'd do if given a few short months to live and the premise of The Guitar takes one self indulgent option
The Guitar is a lark, at best, but when Burrows' healing indulgence extends to taking on lovers of both sexes, its goofiness acquires a certain hedonistic charm.
| Original Score: C-
An interesting premise is weakened by directorial callowness, tonal uncertainty and an unengaging central performance.
[A] bizarre art-house equiva lent of The Bucket Lisy.
| Original Score: 2/4
That the movie is easy on the eyes (Melody's fetching silhouette against those sunset river views) doesn't make it any less bogus.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Some new directors often opt for minimalism in the hope that less is more. This doesn't work for Amy Redford (Robert's daughter), who transitions from actress to filmmaker with The Guitar.
| Original Score: 1/4
After spending 45 of the movie's 95 minutes in an orgy of consumerism, The Guitar suddenly speeds up its tempo and begins bombarding us with plot developments.
The movie has more clichéd rebirths in mind, and you'll resent where it goes.
| Original Score: 3/6
Interesting only in showing how tin-eared scriptwriting (by Amos Poe) can make 2008 New York City seem less familiar than 1952 Japan.
Without its weirdo visual flourishes, The Guitar would be completely reprehensible.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
To be brutally honest, there are many other things I would rather do with my final days than sit through this clichéd mess all over again.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in ways that are not dramatically satisfying.