Me Without You Reviews

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Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 24, 2003
It is always disappointing to me when I want to fall desperately in love with a film and can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 21, 2003
finely crafted, finely written, exquisitely performed
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
April 15, 2003
A journey spanning nearly three decades of bittersweet camaraderie and history, in which we feel that we truly know what makes Holly and Marina tick, and our hearts go out to them as both continue to negotiate their imperfect, love-hate relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
November 8, 2002
The story and the friendship proceeds in such a way that you're watching a soap opera rather than a chronicle of the ups and downs that accompany lifelong friendships.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 20, 2002
Although the film deserves some points for trying to describe the intensity of best-friendship between girls, it fails to make them interesting people.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
Feels like a late-baby-boomer family album.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
Both illuminating and dispiriting.
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
September 2, 2002
Michelle Williams really proves herself here. She's terrific in what could become her breakout role from television's Dawson's Creek.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 30, 2002
A well-made and often lovely depiction of the mysteries of friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 29, 2002
Love. Lust. Recrimination. Jealousy. Resolution. This British female friendship melodrama has them all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
August 23, 2002
Taken seriously, it's not much to think about, but taken as a dirtier version of other girlie films ... it's at least entertaining and sexy fun.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
August 23, 2002
Goldbacher draws on an elegant visual sense and a talent for easy, seductive pacing ... but she and writing partner Laurence Coriat don't manage an equally assured narrative coinage.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 23, 2002
As watchable as the film is throughout its first half, the plotting becomes more and more like a soap opera, and neither character is all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 23, 2002
You can't ignore the film's pungency as a cultural document and as a heartfelt testimony to the power struggles of best mates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 22, 2002
Mostly, [Goldbacher] just lets her complicated characters be unruly, confusing and, through it all, human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 18, 2002
Something like a pint-sized, pitiable British version of 'Beaches'...an arch and obvious bit of soap opera twaddle.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 17, 2002
'Me Without You is one-sided...[but] the film has a wonderful knack for capturing each decade's zeitgeist...'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2002
Me Without You has a bracing truth that's refreshing after the phoniness of female-bonding pictures like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Carlozo
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2002
There is no substitute for on-screen chemistry, and when Friel pulls the strings that make Williams sink into melancholia, the reaction in Williams is as visceral as a gut punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 12, 2002
...the story, like Ravel's Bolero, builds to a crescendo that encompasses many more paths than we started with.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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