Aurora Borealis Reviews

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
What holds Aurora Borealis together is the complex and very realistic relationships between the characters.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 10, 2007
What looks like a goopy, disease-of-the-week movie about Alzheimer's turns out to be a surprisingly well crafted, beautifully acted movie.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
[A] tough, sweet and buoyantly funny drama about how we all grow up in different ways and on different timetables.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 6, 2006
Seems designed to reward Jackson with his biggest adult part to date, though it doesn't give the Vancouver, B.C., native a lot to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 6, 2006
Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 5, 2006
The script offers neither character revelations nor plot twists. It unfolds by the numbers, like the product of an amateur screenwriter's salon.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 2, 2006
A fair-to-middling coming-of-age tale [is] played by a stellar cast in an unusual locale [but] never escapes seeming rather ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2006
Every bromide, plot twist and stock character arrives right on time and, to give director James Burke his due, function as well as they ever have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 28, 2006
Boyd's observant script (Minneapolis guy: 'St. What?' Kate: 'St. Paul. It's on the other side of the river.') and fine acting smooth over most of the rough edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 28, 2006
A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 22, 2006
Predictable but not preachy, its likeable types quirky and familiar, 'Aurora Borealis' is a good if undemanding watch.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2006
Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 21, 2006
Aurora Borealis -- yes, that title eventually comes home to roost -- doesn't offend in any way, but it's so self-consciously quaint, so unwaveringly 'nice,' that you nearly wish it did.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 20, 2006
Juliette Lewis makes Aurora Borealis into a funnier, richer, more powerful film than it has any reason to be.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 15, 2006
The real surprise here is Lewis, who seems to have finally hit on a role that balances her usual flakiness with smarts and an offbeat poignancy, and she delivers the strongest work of her adult career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 15, 2006
Fine acting distinguishes Aurora Borealis, a moderately affecting seriocomic character study marred by a weak, tidily resolved third act.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 15, 2006
Aurora Borealis is Duncan's story, and it's picked up some of his bad habits; like him, it's not sure what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 15, 2006
Set in dead-of-winter Minneapolis, a ready-made metaphor for (groan, shiver) the chill in Duncan's heart, the movie tells how life warms up when he goes to work at a nursing home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
September 15, 2006
All in all, while this isn't a great film, it's quite nice.
| Original Score: 2.6/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 15, 2006
Director James Burke could easily have trimmed 30 minutes of suffering.
| Original Score: 2/4
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