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Marion Bridge Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Too many scenes are colourless and unimaginative...There's a gap between the pedestrianism of life and the necessary dramatic tension of art [that] this film never bridges.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 18, 2003
A carefully drawn portrait of family life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
April 18, 2003
Given Marion Bridge trots out almost every cliche of the chick flick, it is all the more remarkable that it works as well as it does.
| Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 18, 2003
You'll like it because it's really intelligent.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 18, 2003
A respectable addition to the tragic three sisters oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
April 18, 2003
The flick takes its sweet time to deliver the unsolvable life situations in a delicate, real way -- playing out like a good book -- and the solid cast is totally in sync with its rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 18, 2003
Always engaging and often compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Katrina Onstad
National Post
April 18, 2003
[von Carolsfeld's] instincts -- to trust an audience; to be patient and poetic -- are exactly right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 17, 2003
Takes the raw ingredients of soap opera -- the spilling of family secrets and the opening of old wounds as a parent slips away -- and spins them into something truthful and quietly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2003
While the situations and characterizations ring true, if a bit melodramatically, the film is so understated that little dramatic effect registers.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 13, 2003
This family drama adapted from his play by Canadian writer/actor Daniel MacIvor ("The Five Senses") plays like a Chekovian take on "Aberdeen"
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 11, 2003
Small but beautifully acted drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2003
Parker is very good at conveying Agnes' wobbly mixture of instability and emotional bravery, and Jenkins finds the sad, lonely ache below Theresa's urge to regiment the lives of everyone in the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 11, 2003
The gray, lazy Nova Scotia atmosphere helps a great deal.; the cold and fog permeate the film indoors as well as out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2003
There is some good acting on view as we watch Agnes' brave attempts to face up to a past that includes incest and pregnancy, but Daniel McIvor's adaptation of his stage play is hardly going to quicken anyone's pulse.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 8, 2003
Defies its genealogy with grace, economy, and unstinting compassion.
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Takes you by surprise by coming right at you, then slowly sneaking around behind you, integrating you into this family.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
June 23, 2003
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