Lovely & Amazing Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 12, 2002
...sort of comes off like a Mike Leigh film absent the excoriating honesty
| Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 1, 2002
I don't think this movie loves women at all.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 12, 2002
I couldn't shake the feeling that half this movie was stolen from outtakes of A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Another Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 27, 2002
Is there a group of more self-absorbed women than the mother and daughters featured in this film? I don't think so. Nothing wrong with performances here, but the whiney characters bugged me.
Rob Blackwelder
July 11, 2002
The movie comes across as some kind of cinematic therapy for the writer-director -- and she has a lot of emotional baggage to unpack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 18, 2002
Some scenes are served up like haiku. Others seem like abstracts of notes [Holofcener] scribbled to herself after sessions at the 'I'm OK, You're OK' corral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 28, 2002
Lots of nice, funny, poignant moments, but it just doesn't add up to a lovely or amazing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
July 18, 2002
Any enjoyment will be hinge from a personal threshold of watching sad but endearing characters do extremely unconventional things.
| Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2002
By the end of it all I sort of loved the people onscreen, even though I could not stand them. Perhaps the film should be seen as a conversation starter. It's not an easy one to review.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 27, 2002
'Lovely and Amazing,' unhappily, is neither...excessively strained and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Wachs
June 28, 2002
While it may not add up to the sum of its parts, Holofcener's film offers just enough insight to keep it from being simpleminded, and the ensemble cast is engaging enough to keep you from shifting in your chair too often.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 18, 2002
Because the characters are more like collections of quirks than integrated personalities, you never quite understand why anyone does anything.
| Original Score: 3/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
July 26, 2002
Like coming into a long-running, well-written television series where you've missed the first half-dozen episodes and probably won't see the next six.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 26, 2002
[Holofcener's] keen ear for dialogue is a double-edged sword: All of her characters turn insightful, sometimes even fascinating, phrases. But they never shut up.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
August 20, 2002
Well to the bitter end of the bittersweet spectrum, it labours under a strangely oppressive cloudy sky of emotional discontent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2004
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 23, 2007
Has a lovely feel, interactions that are real & unafraid to broach life's insecurities -- ie: personal appearance from hair to body fat. However, doesn't add up to amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Mature story about relationships and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 10, 2003
"Lovely and Amazing is a story about real people. These people are insecure about their lives. They aren't convinced that there's some inner beauty about them. They see themselves as I suspect most people do, mostly for the flaws. However, these are still
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2002
Here is a movie that knows its women, listens to them, doesn't give them a pass, allows them to be real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 15, 2002
"Lovely and Amazing" is about real people. Its characters are human, with all that implies.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 19, 2002
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