Me Without You Reviews

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August 11, 2002
It's too long, too repetitive, and takes way too many years to resolve to be a total winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 11, 2002
"Me Without You" is a probing examination of a female friendship set against a few dynamic decades.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 9, 2002
The movie, so briskly alert in details, is generic in its guiding ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 9, 2002
It is to Goldbacher's credit that the film, while hardly short on confrontation, never resorts to one of those melodramatic laundry-airings in which all resentments and betrayals can be traced back to a singular incident and healed with a hug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nigam Nuggehalli
culturevulture.net
August 9, 2002
The characters, cast in impossibly contrived situations, are totally estranged from reality.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2002
Holly and Marina may not always be good for each other, but together they tell us a great deal about people who need each other -- a group that ultimately includes all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 2, 2002
The rich performances by Friel -- and especially Williams, an American actress who becomes fully English -- round out the square edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2002
Goldbacher ... is most adept at visual storytelling, capturing intimate moments with breathtaking acuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
August 1, 2002
Goldbacher is right on in the way she captures the fear and need involved in such a relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 31, 2002
Nothing can detract from the affection of that moral favorite: friends will be friends through thick and thin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
There are several problems with the development of the narrative. Most important is the unequal allocation of audience sympathy between Marina and Holly.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 21, 2002
Offers a clear-eyed chronicle of a female friendship that is more complex and honest than anything represented in a Hollywood film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2002
A chick movie? Well, yes, but it's a whole lot cooler than that one with the Ya-Ya's in the title.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2002
Approval and ultimate happiness are weighted so clearly in Holly's favor that the game's rigging becomes tiresome. But Williams and Friel throw themselves wholeheartedly into emotional fits of competitive sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
Dark and painfully truthful.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 12, 2002
The superficial story never seems to have more on its mind that the costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 12, 2002
A toxic friendship is examined over the course of two decades and then, contrary to all on-screen evidence, is endorsed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2002
Goldbacher gives us a sense of a real friendship, strained by the need of both women to mature, and embraces the emotional messiness of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
July 12, 2002
It's difficult to see why they even like each other.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jean Oppenheimer
New Times
July 11, 2002
The screenplay fails to generate any real sympathy for Holly or Marina once they have passed adolescence.
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