• Unrated, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Janet Grillo
  • In Theaters:    Apr 15, 2011 Limited
  • On DVD:    Apr 26, 2011
  • New Video

Fly Away Reviews

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Mark Bell
Film Threat
November 19, 2012

The performances by all involved are stellar from start to finish, and the film tackles a tough subject with all the reverence and care one would hope to see...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 19, 2011

Fly Away's overall success is hampered by its narrow focus and relatively uneventful storyline...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
April 26, 2011

A stimulating sense of realism that helps to shape a raw, compassionate portrait of life lived with the disorder, finding pauses of behavior and response that shock and enlighten.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
April 22, 2011

Janet Grillo's modestly produced feature breaks no new ground in depicting those who live with autism -- both the afflicted and their loved ones.

Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2011

Suffers from a generic sterility we've come to associate with made-for-TV movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
April 15, 2011

A well-meant drama that never transcends its earnest aims, Janet Grillo's feature debut is notable mostly for an heroic turn from lead Beth Broderick.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
April 15, 2011

A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
April 15, 2011

A showcase for Beth Broderick as the mom, Greg Germann as a charming neighbor who flirts with her and a fully immersed Ashley Rickards as the tantrum-prone teen, who appears to be on the intellectual plane of a 2-year-old.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
April 14, 2011

The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
April 13, 2011

An authentic tale of survival offering insight, hope and wings!

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
April 13, 2011

The lead performances are solid, as are the supporting actors, and Grillo is more than competent as a director. But Fly Away could have been stronger if its antiseptic visual style... had been more adventurous.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
April 13, 2011

A gripping, life-enhancing low-budget little film about the physically and emotionally punishing struggles of a single mother raising an autistic child.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Leydon
Top Critic
March 30, 2011

[Fly Away offers] exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
April 18, 2011

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