Is Anybody There? Reviews

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Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 16, 2009
Is Anybody There? devolves into a predictable yarn about a boy and a grandfatherly figure - but adding Michael Caine to the mix means it's still worth your while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Rob Nelson
Variety
September 1, 2009
Profoundly (and some would say pleasurably) formulaic, the film possesses scant cinematic energy, relying wholly on the familiar transformation of a grumpy old man into an infectiously weepy humanist.
Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
The talent and craftsmanship of "Is Anybody There?" is ample, but it remains uncertain whether there's anybody here still interested in this all-too-familiar story.
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
June 15, 2009
Warmly lit and beautifully acted, but cynical enough %u2013 and chock-full of enough dark humor %u2013 to avoid what might have been unbearably schmaltzy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
June 12, 2009
Even when dealing with the supernatural, Caine is never less than a realist. Yet you can still see the boy in him. And in Milner, you can certainly see the man Edward will become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
The Australian
June 12, 2009
It's a film that serves as a poignant reminder of how quickly time passes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
June 12, 2009
Weighed down by a surrounding air of quirkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 10, 2009
Michael Caine is always good company, but he's been saddled with the role of a slightly pitiful man whose life has been wasted... despite generally good performances the narrative arc is pretty obvious from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
June 7, 2009
Like a good number of films, 'Is Anybody There?' is saved from being a routine offering by the presence of Sir Michael Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
June 5, 2009
Strings together a series of sitcom situations, goes for easy laughs, and wastes some very fine actors as other residents in the home.
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
June 5, 2009
This well crafted film is given resonance and purpose with layers and layers of detail that make the bittersweet climax all the more heartwarming.
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
June 1, 2009
Caine and Milner go together like peas in a pod. Or, better yet, like bangers and mash. They're an odd couple, but they face life as one and it's a rewarding journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
June 1, 2009
With two direct and developed lead performances from Michael Caine and young Bill Milner, it seems unfair to watch their efforts wasted on an uneven, unsatisfying picture like the tear-jerker Is Anybody There?
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 29, 2009
a quirky, sometimes schmaltzy British dramedy that mixes meaningful ruminations about growing old with broad black comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 27, 2009
Director John Crowley overestimates the comedic potential of daily life for the elderly and infirmed. Thankfully, the casual, unforced chemistry between Caine and Milner is strong enough to suppress Is Anybody There?'s cornie
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 27, 2009
It wants so badly to be meaningful, relevant and compassionate, but struggles even to keep our attention, never mind our hearts or minds. Not even Michael Caine's slowly sinking geriatric Clarence or affecting young Bill Milner can elevate the material.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 27, 2009
This is a film that presses many emotional buttons. In many ways it is a really sad film and certainly one that needs a wad of tissues.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2009
I don't have any significant complaints about the film, but if I didn't see it I don't think I would have missed anything special.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 20, 2009
What we have here is a three-and-a-half-star movie boosted into the realm of four-and-a-half stars on the strength of one person: Michael Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 19, 2009
Worth seeing for Caine, who makes acting seem effortless, pleasurable and even noble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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