• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    James C.E. Burke
    In Theaters:
    Sep 15, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 3, 2007
  • Regent Releasing


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Aurora Borealis Reviews

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

What holds Aurora Borealis together is the complex and very realistic relationships between the characters.

Full Review Source: DVD Review

July 10, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

What looks like a goopy, disease-of-the-week movie about Alzheimer's turns out to be a surprisingly well crafted, beautifully acted movie.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 10, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

[A] tough, sweet and buoyantly funny drama about how we all grow up in different ways and on different timetables.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2006
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

October 5, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

October 2, 2006
Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 28, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 28, 2006
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Predictable but not preachy, its likeable types quirky and familiar, 'Aurora Borealis' is a good if undemanding watch.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 22, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 21, 2006
Andrew O'Hehir
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Juliette Lewis makes Aurora Borealis into a funnier, richer, more powerful film than it has any reason to be.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 20, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 15, 2006
Timothy Knight

Fine acting distinguishes Aurora Borealis, a moderately affecting seriocomic character study marred by a weak, tidily resolved third act.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 15, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

September 15, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

All in all, while this isn't a great film, it's quite nice.

| Original Score: 2.6/5

September 15, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Director James Burke could easily have trimmed 30 minutes of suffering.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 15, 2006
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