Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt.
| Original Score: B+
The cliché-infested script ... is long on booze-filled confessions.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
[A] beautifully acted, directed and edited little slice of New England life ...
| Original Score: 4/5
O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns "Fairhaven" into an inviting place to visit.
Though its insights are slight-the movie feels as delicate and ephemeral as its sleepy winter surroundings-you can't help but admire the overall generousness O'Brien shows to his characters and performers.
| Original Score: 3/5
Indies don't come blander than writer/director Tom O'Brien's Fairhaven ...
Newcomer Tom O'Brien shows promise in this mellow drama about three buddies from small-town coastal Massachusetts.