Imaginary Heroes Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 3, 2004
Just too damn depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 9, 2005
It's not clear why this same movie is made over and over. The concept isn't exactly inspirational box office gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
June 3, 2005
A "personal" sort of story that might just hit you like a ton of bricks. Me? Not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Douglas
February 18, 2005
Rewatching American Beauty or any season of "Six Feet Under" is far more satisfying
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 14, 2005
Everybody is so screwed up here that it just becomes relentlessly so.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 24, 2005
As exact a copy of Ordinary People as it could be without Mary Tyler Moore hanging around somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
February 17, 2005
While not a perfect film, the performances alone make Imaginary Heroes stand out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
December 17, 2004
the parents are really just a little too weird and the whole film is hard to warm up to.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Marder
March 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Arthur Lazere
December 16, 2004
Emotional impact [is] lost in the mire of multiple motivations, less than fully realized characters, and tangential excursions.
Susan Granger
February 18, 2005
An unevenly melodramatic suburban survival tale
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 24, 2005
The questions are more interesting before Harris answers them in all-too- neat explanations that come off as a cheap, painless way to solve problems with much deeper roots.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 1, 2005
Tired dysfunctional family drama that speaks to grief and denial in unwieldy doses.
| Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 21, 2005
Dan Harris e suas criações habitam um universo repleto de incidentes absolutamente artificiais e de clichês risíveis.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 27, 2005
What the movie damagingly lacks is a personality of its own.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 20, 2005
Harris directs at a funereal pace that snuffs out his script's own wit, and only Weaver keeps the bitter laughs coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2005
Except for Weaver's surprisingly funny, bitter performance as the film's grieving, wise-cracking, pot-smoking mother, I didn't much like Heroes -- or rather, I admired part of it without getting much engaged or moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 25, 2005
Harris has made a movie that's not entirely credible. And at times, it seems as if he's doing emotional heavy lifting for which he hasn't properly trained.
| Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2005
Writer-director Dan Harris piles so many problems on top of a suburban family here that eventually both problems and characters lose impact and believability.
| Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
Conversations, by the way, need to be laconic, cynical and postmodern. Tears take their time, if they come at all.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 5, 2005
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006

Boston Phoenix
February 19, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 26, 2005
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Arizona Republic
April 1, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 2, 2005
July 5, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

December 6, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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