Solid story of independence for teens.
| Original Score: 3/5
Portman is excellent, balancing wisdom and petulance, loyalty and imposition...
As a depiction of a loving-turbulent relationship between a single mom (Susan Sarandon) and her rebellious teenage daughter (Natalie Portman), Wang's meller is nicely crafted but old-fashioned like Hollywood's weepies of yesteryear.
Director Wayne Wang has delivered a solid entertainment, particularly for women, with Anywhere But Here.
| Original Score: B-
Adele and Ann are not easy screen characters to like, but they are easy to believe in -- especially in the skins of Sarandon and Portman.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A subtle and unexpected pleasure, all nuanced performance and character detail.
| Original Score: 4/5
Natalie Portman is my new hero.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The title might very well be an appropriate description of what more impatient filmgoers may be feeling after sitting through this frustratingly mediocre dramedy.
| Original Score: C
In its eagerness to give voice to the overshadowed daughter, the film never allows the mother to live.
The movie drops in on a crucial part of their lives, follows it for a few minutes and then jettisons to another episode. It's like watching 10 short stories.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Inspired pairing of Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman as an outrageous mother and her more practical daughter.
The movie doesn't feel authentic, it's relationships are drawn in erratic, TV movie-like strokes.
| Original Score: C+
Wang keeps a precise balance, necessary to blend a high-octane performance from Sarandon with an understated one from Portman.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The delicate, devastating pas de deux between Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman demonstrates that great actresses are still available, even if Hollywood doesn't want to use them.
Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman put on an acting clinic that's a treat to watch, but, no matter how accomplished, a clinic is not a movie. They do a lot with a little, yet it's far from enough.
A heartfelt drama about a mother and daughter having trouble connecting.
Without a strong central narrative ... the film loses momentum and ends as one more tired treatise on family dysfunction.
This is a mother/daughter film. Despite the fact that I am neither a mother, a daughter, nor a film; I loved it!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
You start wishing you were anywhere but here -- preferably at last year's far funnier Slums of Beverly Hills.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
La cinta no deja de ser manipuladora y con cierta carga de moralidad. Pudo haber sido un producto mucho mejor terminado