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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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A family is torn between their need to air out their dirty laundry and their habit of sweeping things under the rug in this emotional drama. Hal (Roy Scheider) and Lena (Blythe Danner) are a successful but emotionally frosty New England couple whose four adult children are coming home for Thanksgiving. Strapping Jake (Michael Vartan) brings along his new girlfriend Margaret (Hope Davis), but while her affection for him is obvious, he's not sure how he feels about her. Mia (Julianne Moore), an

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Bart Freundlich

May 9, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

It's mainly through the efforts of the superior ensemble cast that the family drama turns out to be better than average.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A dull indie hand-crafted for the Sundance Festival and not much else.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Near-perfect.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Kudos is as kudos does.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Myth of Fingerprints

somber and overreaching but well acted
April 6, 2007
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jay nixon

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An indie film trying too hard to be too indie? Perhaps but I found the performances to be compelling. It's nice to see Roy Scheider involved in something that doesn't involve the ocean or a large fish.
January 30, 2012
John Ballantine

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A little known gem of a movie, with exceptional performances from its ensemble cast (particularly Julianne Moore and Noah Wyle). The storyline hardly sounds like gripping stuff - an extended family reunites for the Thanksgiving holidays, and have to confront each other and their secrets - but it's expertly done and very well photographed and edited. Definitely worth a look.
October 21, 2006
danieljparsons

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Some great performances.
July 2, 2008
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