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Like Dandelion Dust (2010)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper star in My Date with Drew director Jon Gunn's heart-wrenching tale of a recently released ex-con who uses a legal loophole to locate his son, who was adopted by an upper-crust family shortly after his father was incarcerated. When Rip Porter (Pepper) went to prison, his wife, Wendy (Sorvino), couldn't handle the responsibilities of being a single parent. Wanting the best for her newborn son, Joey, she put the boy up for adoption. Adopted by Jack


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Jan 25, 2011


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An on-the-nose though cathartically emotional melodrama giving Mira Sorvino her most substantial bigscreen role in years and featuring a head-turning performance by Barry Pepper.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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This "family" film fails to deliver much more than good intentions and predictable conflict.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Like Dandelion Dust is a well-acted, earnest film about adoptive parents' worst nightmare, dealing sympathetically with all parties in a lose-lose situation.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Familiar adoption drama is enhanced by complex characters and credible situations.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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For those who like this genre of film, this one executes the formula very well.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers episode has more logic and reality to it

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Moving adoption drama tackles alcoholism, family violence.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An earnest and well-acted, if occasionally flat, drama about what it means to be a parent.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Barry Pepper gives an award worthy performance in this film about an adoptive parent's worst nightmare

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source:

Riveting, powerful and genuinely heartfelt. Mira Sorvino deserves an Oscar for her raw, brave and captivating performance.

September 26, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Like Dandelion Dust is the type of sobering family drama that could have turned out sappy and cliched. It didn't.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

Like Dandelion Dust explores, in a captivating and powerful way, the truth that love's ultimate expression is sacrifice.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

A character-driven adoption drama blessed by compelling performances by a talented ensemble topped by Barry Pepper and Mira Sorvino.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Like Dandelion Dust is a movie that pulls you in and holds you, anchored by strong performances and a recognition that to love a child is to love oneself.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A well-acted drama with a compelling plot: You'll definitely want to see what happens at the end.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Like Dandelion Dust

"LIKE DANDELION DUST" is an emotive family drama that could have easily been renamed "The Underrated Actor's Club." Barry Pepper, Mira Sorvino, and the equally strong Cole Hauser are all phenomenal here, and display full well why it's a crime they aren't bigger names in the business. Pepper and Sorvino (provided with the more showy roles) are particularly award worthy; it's just a shame the film itself flew so far under the radar. This isn't a movie to see because of it's filmmaking or any other technical merit; it's one to see for it's faultless ensemble and it's simple story that hits home. Sure to go down lost in the anals of cinema, "Like Dandelion Dust" nevertheless deserves to find an audience.
March 11, 2013

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An emotional drama which neither has enough emotional moments nor comic situations (the humor quotient which is generally present in this kind of film). An unoriginal plot and dull execution are its major flaws. As for the performances, I only found the kid playing Joey worth a mention!!!
September 22, 2011

Super Reviewer

Cast: Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Kate Levering, Maxwell Perry Cotton, L. Scott Caldwell, Abby Brammell, Kirk B.R. Woller, Brett Rice, Brooke Bryan

Director: Jon Gunn

Summary: Jack (Cole Hauser) and Molly Campbell (Kate Levering) are horrified to learn that the biological father (Barry Pepper) of their adopted son, Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton), has been released from prison and wants custody of the boy. As the legal case builds against the Campbells, the couple hatches a risky plan to save their family.

My Thoughts: "What an amazing, powerful, emotional film. The story is done with such heart and depth that you get swept away in it. The suffering and pain coming from both sets of parents is overwhelming. You can't help but feel for all four of them, including the confused son that is thrown in the middle of it. I had a hard time keeping a dry eye in this film. It just hits hard for those who are not just adopted parents, but just parents alone. The performances are exceptional by all but Mira Sorvino is just brilliant in the film. Barry Pepper turns in a great performance as well. The film didn't have a very big release and not many people have heard of the film. But I guarantee it is not one to be missed or overlooked."
September 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

Oh my goodness. This was such a wonderful movie! A perfect gem. Amazing portrayals by ALL actors; totally believable, absorbing plot; interesting, adult dialogue; and characters that are developed perfectly. Kudos to all involved!
August 8, 2011

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Movies Like Like Dandelion Dust

    1. Wendy Porter: He has two mothers, one that loved him so much that she couldn't let him go, and one that loved him so much that she had to.
    – Submitted by Priscilla N (2 years ago)
    1. Rip Porter: We need to get our son back.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Wendy Porter: After you went away I found out I was pregnant.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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