• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Redford
    In Theaters:
    Sep 19, 1980 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 14, 2001
  • Paramount Pictures

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Ordinary People Reviews

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Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com

It works fairly on the screen, but holds none of the effectiveness of Guest's novel.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2004
John Urbancich
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Redford never has topped his directorial debut.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 5, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an uncommonly rich and rewarding cinematic experience.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A sensitive portrait about a young man struggling to regain equilibrium after his brother's death that helps us gain a fresh perspective on adolescence and adulthood.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 15, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

despite its flaws, Ordinary People is a powerful depiction of the damage done when human beings can no longer communicate with those closest to them

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2001
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

This is a film that will ring true many viewers. The ability of the film to touch 'ordinary' folk so strongly and honestly is the mark of a true classic.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 91/100

August 21, 2001
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Somber and subtly depressing

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 13, 2001
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

An uncomfortable film, one that leaves you aching for its characters. Expect a bit of a funk afterward.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 5/5

March 19, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2005
Clint Morris
Film Threat

| Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

January 29, 2005
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

June 4, 2004
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)

| Original Score: 5/5

June 26, 2003
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

| Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2003
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