Any Day Now Reviews

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Lee Zachariah
Concrete Playground
May 4, 2014
As a weepy and capitalised Important Tale, the film is very good and some moments stir up emotion, but it isn't the film it should be, failing to hit the heights it is so earnestly aiming for.
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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 20, 2012
Switches between a few primary modes -- agenda-mentary, romance, courtroom drama, tearjerker -- without engaging very convincingly in any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 24, 2013
Lives down to expectations far too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
December 20, 2012
I didn't buy anything in this mindnumbingly tedious "message" film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 13, 2012
Director Travis Fine gives his period details flourish and lets Cumming and Dillahunt create well-rounded characters, but "Any Day Now" winds up treacly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 19, 2012
A Very Special Movie approach for material that deserves nuance and patience, relying on shameless manipulation to communicate simple ideas on prejudice and parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 20, 2012
Generally abysmal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 20, 2012
The growing community of gay parents deserves a better reflection of their struggles than a kitschy "Kramer vs. Kramer."
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 11, 2012
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
December 11, 2012
The intent is righteous. The dramatic overkill is deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 14, 2012
The film is sometimes swamped by its own tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
September 6, 2013
For all its commitment and compassion, Cumming's performance always feels as embellished as his climactic torch songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Helen Cox
Film4
September 6, 2013
A fearless, gripping and honest drama that sidesteps schmaltz. Alan Cumming gives the performance of his career.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 14, 2012
Cumming is wonderful, and you know something? Trying a little understanding sure doesn't hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 6, 2013
Travis Fine's true-life story from the 1970s is as ruthless a tear-jerker as we have seen in many a year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
December 14, 2012
Though set in 1979 West Hollywood, its themes echo loudly in today's courtrooms as well through compelling characters and an unrelenting narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 13, 2012
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.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
December 14, 2012
Sweet but ultimately heart-wrenching. (Includes interview with star Garret Dillahunt.)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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