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Everybody's Fine (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 74

A calm, charismatic performance from Robert De Niro nearly saves the movie, but ultimately, Everybody's Fine has the look and feel of a stereotypical Christmas dramedy.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 19

A calm, charismatic performance from Robert De Niro nearly saves the movie, but ultimately, Everybody's Fine has the look and feel of a stereotypical Christmas dramedy.

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A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Kirk Jones

Feb 23, 2010

$8.9M

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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (74) | DVD (5)

Forget Hollywood remakes; this is one film Iâ(TM)d like to see reworked by an arthouse director and a pack of actors with smaller names and bigger reserves of subtlety.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Is it anything special? No, not really. But it's an agreeable and even touching little snapshot of family life.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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I didn't feel like I was watching characters who were related to each other. Every scene they are in, I felt like I was watching movie stars meeting each other for the first time.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Promising start, but it unravels with an ill-advised confrontation scene and an ending that rings false.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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If nothing else (and there ain't much else), Everybody's Fine does prove one thing: Even an actor with the gifts of Robert De Niro can't make bland interesting.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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There's no challenge to this material, no real emotional pull, it's one of those films that simply rolls by until its right-from-the-beginning predictable ending.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Jones's efforts to re-tool the Italian original for an American audience prove disappointing. The comedy is broader, the dramatic crises have been sweetened and the ending has an uplift that was entirely missing from the original.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

66 year-old Robert De Niro accomplishes what may be his bravest role of the last two decades by simply choosing to play a real old man in Kirk Jones? Everybody?s Fine.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

What makes the unabashedly sentimental package work a lot better than it should is Robert De Niro.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comment (1)
TheMovieReport.com

...an unapologetically sentimental drama...

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A recently widowed retiree embarks on a cross-country journey to visit each of his children, expecting to find them as happy and successful as their stories painted them.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

A film with a few inspired moments - mostly towards the end - sprinkled in with a whole lot of awkward, even mean, portions. The result is a major disappointment.

February 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

De Niro does quietly affecting work, but he canâ(TM)t elevate a pat Family Rediscovering Each Other drama into anything much above afternoon TV movie fodder.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Itâ(TM)s a little like About Schmidt minus the sly wit, subtlety and directorial flair.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A refreshingly open, untricksy performance from De Niro, and very possibly the harbinger of an excellent late period for him as an actor. As for the film, well "fine" is what can reasonably be said.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Its essential niceness should not be discounted; niceness is a rare commodity in films today.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Itâ(TM)s a four-square set-up, but with only the barest flicker of familial friction heating the undercooked drama.

February 26, 2010
Little White Lies

Everybody's Fine has tearjerker ambitions but it's so shamefully manipulative that by the time it reaches its finale you can't help but feel like you've been beaten over the head with a feel good stick.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Despite the title, nobody in this film is fine. But, if youâ(TM)re in the mood for a well-acted drama that will strum obstinately at those heartstrings, youâ(TM)ve got it.

February 26, 2010
Heat Magazine

Crisply shot and framed with care, itâ(TM)s certainly easy on the eye. But a script that didnâ(TM)t take life so seriously would have left everybody feeling a lot finer.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A low-key family drama that leaves no cliché safe in its quest to make everyone weep buckets. The best to hope for is that it may persuade you to reconnect with your own family. Aah.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

De Niro is not at his best playing nice - in fact, he's boring and so is the film. Actually, it's worse than that. It's pseudoredemptive tosh.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Robert De Niro's latest would-be weepy, Everybody's Fine, may remind you of About Schmidt's less-interesting brother. In fact, the title says it all - it's neither good nor bad, just deeply OK.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Disappointment that it isn't what a De Niro movie used to be - powerful, challenging and edgy. Now his movies are weak and clichéd with a mushy centre.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

De Niro alone is worth watching, even if one suspects the pain on his face comes from the script he must speak rather than the story he must enact.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Everybody's Fine

A decent and heartfelt drama that refrains from being too heavy handed. I'd like to see the original but I hadn't heard of it until now. DeNiro does a decent job but is let down ever so slightly by a lethargic supporting cast. The scenes with his children as children is very strong though and I did like the conclusion very much. With some fine tuning this could have been a contender but as it is it's just good. Awful poster though.
October 3, 2012
SirPant

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Amy: I tell you the good news and spare you the bad. Isn't that what mom used to do for you when we were kids? 

"Frank's traveling light, but carrying excess baggage."

Everybody's Fine is a small, heartfelt, and overall decent film. It has a wonderful cast including legendary Robert De Niro, plus a supporting cast with Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale. This is a good role for an older De Niro. He no longer fits the Travis Bickel like characters. He is now more suited for this type of a role. He plays a grieving father who has just lost his wife. His four kids all cancel their trip to see him, so he decides to take a cross country trip and see all of them. In the background, three of the kids are keeping a secret about the fourth from their father. 

I liked Everybody's Fine, but I'm not gonna blow sunshine up its ass. It is by no means a terrific movie. It's predictable filmmaking. I called just about everything that happened in the movie fifteen minutes before it happened. But oh well; the point wasn't to surprise me. I enjoyed the movie for it's honesty when examining the life of a family. A lot of the subjects the movie brings up regarding family will hit home with just about every viewer. We always, as kids, had one parent we could talk to. The other was kind of left out of the loop because either they couldn't take what was actually going on, or they would over react. Frank is the parent who was always left out of the loop. His kids, after the passing of their mother, still don't tell him the bad things because he is a worrier.  

There's really not too much to say about Everybody's Fine, except that it was fine. There's nothing too spectacular going on here, but I ended up finding it engaging and emotional. I don't think it laid on the tearjerking too thick either, which was much appreciated. It's just a decent little film in its own right. I'd suggest it, but I also wouldn't tell you that it is vital that you watch it. If you come across it one day in the future, give it a look. If not, you'll live. Still I don't know if you could find a movie where Kate Beckinsale looks hotter. She looks absolutely stunning in Everybody's Fine.
June 13, 2012
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Melvin White

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Well what a fantastic cast, the brilliance of Barrymore and Rockwell, the fantastic and gorgeous Beckinsale and the Awesomeness of De Niro :)
Its a wonderful cast, with a wonderfully sweet and touching storyline, and with this great cast and storyline i was shock that this movie didnt have more publicity which is disappointing.
A fantastic cast, wonderfully acted and just a lovely and sweet movie to watch.
Really worth a watch!
November 15, 2011
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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It has now seemingly reached the time where one of our greatest screen actors is no longer able to command certain roles. Occasionally though, an older, more mature role will surface which can still give a reminder of their talents. This is that role serving Robert DeNiro.
Recently widowed, retired wire factory worker Frank Goode (DeNiro) realises all the contact he had with his four children was organised by his wife. When they all opt out of his planned family reunion, Frank takes it on himself to embark on a road trip to see his kids. As he does, he discovers they have been keeping secrets from him.
First off, this is a remake of the 1990 Italian film with Marcello Mastroianni, and as far as these types of films go, it's nothing new. It's actually quite lightweight material and given the subject you'd be forgiven for expecting a bit more of a punch behind it. It doesn't wholeheartedly deliver the power it should. What it does do however, is achieve in giving DeNiro center stage. It's great to see him being the main attraction again and a real pleasure to spend time with him when he's not playing second fiddle to anyone. There has always been something personal about watching DeNiro act. His ticks; his smile; his grimace and his lack of eye-contact. They are all here but what's most refreshing is seeing him play the role of a retired older man in his twilight years. Now accepting his age. Over the years DeNiro has delivered so many eclectic characters that most movie goers will have identified with at least one of them along the way. This is another fine performance and ultimately, he's the highlight of the film. The supporting actors are good but are given very little to work with and the likes of Sam Rockwell would have chewed up a meatier role. Sadly he's not provided with it. There are some lovely moments peppered throughout, as well as some pathos, but it doesn't quite rise above anything more than a 'likeable' status.
A poignant little family drama that has a nice feel for time and benefits from a strong performance by DeNiro as the heart and soul. It just doesn't offer anything original.
October 14, 2011
MrMarakai

Super Reviewer

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