Ordinary People Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 4, 2015
Despite the sponginess of the content, Hutton's extraordinary film acting debut ought to assure his famous novice director a long, successful career behind the camera.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
With the skill of a practiced surgeon, Redford gradually peels away the protective layers of his characters, exposing their flaws, their darkest fears and ultimately, their innermost feelings.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2009
What Redford accomplishes is to provide an excellent portrait of how well families can hide their inner turmoil from the prying eyes of outsiders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 20, 2008
A powerfully intimate domestic drama.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
The film looks austere and serious, rather as if it had been shot inside a Frigidaire, and the oppressiveness of the images tends to strangle laughter, even at the most absurd excesses of Alvin Sargent's script.
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Don Macpherson
Time Out
January 26, 2006
An actors' movie and an advert for therapy, extremely bitter, but handsomely directed in its elegant pretentiousness.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them.