• PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sarah Polley
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 11, 2007
  • Lionsgate

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Away from Her Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

No one dreams of the twilight transpiring in "Away From Her," but, in its words, it's not bad luck. It's just life. You can't beat life. A tenderly told tragedy about Alzheimer's Disease's erosive effects, Sarah Polley's film avoids movie-of-the-week sap.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Too content with its own "maturity" and "restraint," yet it invaluably offers Christie for audiences in delicate contemplation, and chaste consummation

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

Sometimes extreme physical beauty grows more complex, more satisfying with age; it's rare, but it happens.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

November 25, 2008
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Christie is brilliant as steely but brittle Fiona, a woman who knows her mind completely and yet, in the end, cannot hang on to it, while Pinsent eloquently portrays the gradual ebbing away of a partnership, as delicate and unstoppable as snow-melt.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una bella historia de amor a merced de una enfermedad, filmada con delicadeza por Sarah Polley y sensiblemente interpretada por Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent y Olympia Dukakis.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A beautifully acted, poignant film about a man who slowly loses his wife to Alzheimer's.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

February 2, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A complex series of relationships revolve around a nursing home romance.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 12, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Julie Christie as an Alzheimer's afflicted wife achieves the perfect psychological mixture of despair, mystery, rebellion against the unappreciated devotion that has been her lot in married life, and an ultimate odd but eloquent personal liberation.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

December 27, 2007
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Hallmark card presentation of the onset of Alzheimer's. Totally sincere and totally unrealistic.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

December 20, 2007
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Christie (with whom Polley acted in Hal Hartley's No Such Thing) is still a radiant presence at 66 and she rivets us to the screen.

December 11, 2007
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Memorable Alzheimer's drama OK for teens and up.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 22, 2007
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

This is a really wrenching film, and all the better for it.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 9/10

October 18, 2007
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

There's not a genuine moment to be found in this film.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 25, 2007
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Something of an antithesis to the fake fuzziness of any Hallmark movie of the week.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B+

September 14, 2007
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

The strength of Away From Her rests on the laurels of an excellent director and Julie Christie whose demanding role is interpreted with subtlety, humor and wisdom. Polley said she only had Christie in mind when the film was to be cast.

Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International | Original Score: A

July 22, 2007
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

Away From Her is that rare movie that breaks hearts with finesse and reserve, not through brute force.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: B+

July 10, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

It's nice to see serious issues other than crime and drugs in the movies and even nicer to see a filmmaking talent like Sarah Polley blossoming.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 82/100

July 2, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If the Oscars were really looking for Best Actress, it couldn't go wrong looking this way.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

June 23, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Lovely and cold as a Nordic winter sky, Away From Her is a lacerating, tough movie that's sometimes hard to watch - and impossible to forget

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 91/100

June 15, 2007
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Tackling a sorrowful subject with compassion and even an occasional laugh, actress Sarah Polley makes an impressive full-length debut as writer and director ...

Full Review

June 12, 2007
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