Switches between a few primary modes -- agenda-mentary, romance, courtroom drama, tearjerker -- without engaging very convincingly in any of them.
| Original Score: 2/4
Lives down to expectations far too often.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Too much of "Any Day Now" founders in cliche and predictable table-turning and point-scoring instead of building a set of complicated characters at odds with a biased system.
I didn't buy anything in this mindnumbingly tedious "message" film.
| Original Score: 1/4
Director Travis Fine gives his period details flourish and lets Cumming and Dillahunt create well-rounded characters, but "Any Day Now" winds up treacly.
| Original Score: 2/5
A Very Special Movie approach for material that deserves nuance and patience, relying on shameless manipulation to communicate simple ideas on prejudice and parenting.
| Original Score: D+
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The growing community of gay parents deserves a better reflection of their struggles than a kitschy "Kramer vs. Kramer."
Straining for "teachable moments," the film has one noteworthy, unintentional function: to remind us that though LGBT rights are continually evolving, the laws of kitsch remain immutable.
The intent is righteous. The dramatic overkill is deadly.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film is sometimes swamped by its own tears.
For all its commitment and compassion, Cumming's performance always feels as embellished as his climactic torch songs.
A fearless, gripping and honest drama that sidesteps schmaltz. Alan Cumming gives the performance of his career.
Cumming is wonderful, and you know something? Trying a little understanding sure doesn't hurt.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Travis Fine's true-life story from the 1970s is as ruthless a tear-jerker as we have seen in many a year.
| Original Score: 4/5
Though set in 1979 West Hollywood, its themes echo loudly in today's courtrooms as well through compelling characters and an unrelenting narrative.
| Original Score: 8/10
Marco's age sidesteps conception arguments, leaving us to judge for ourselves the paths that caring people can take compared with an unfit natural parent.
It would take a heart of stone - or zero tolerance for soap - to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.
Sweet but ultimately heart-wrenching. (Includes interview with star Garret Dillahunt.)
| Original Score: C+
Any Day Now spices a sentimental family drama into a comedy with the cynical stiletto wit of a drag queen played by Alan Cumming.