Aurora Borealis Reviews

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Jan Stuart
September 14, 2006
Likable if dramatically pat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
Chris Cabin
September 14, 2006
wears off without any specific thing to be remembered by
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2006
Aurora Borealis bites Good Will Hunting and Donald Sutherland feels most of the sting.
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
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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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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
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 14, 2006
Aurora Borealis is certainly pithy, but pithy does not necessarily make for interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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+
Michael Szymanski
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Brian Orndorf
September 7, 2006
Borealis constantly dodges formula by taking little asides with the characters that are unpredicted, and exercising the Minneapolis setting to investigate the literal and symbolic thawing of a wounded soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark R. Leeper
August 5, 2006
Some of the characterizations are of quite good with Donald Sutherland giving a very strong performance. But some may find the pacing, like life in this cold town, just a little slow.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
What holds Aurora Borealis together is the complex and very realistic relationships between the characters.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 29, 2006
Joshua Jackson becomes a major screen presence with his sensitive and charismatic performance in 'Aurora Borealis,' a rare and memorable film.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 15, 2006
A well-acted spiritual drama about love, loss, and transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 22, 2006
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 30, 2006
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