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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A lot of talented people, ranging from Eraserhead's cinematographer (Frederick Elmes) to Choose Me's costume designer (Tracy Tynan), contributed to this muck.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Pic is populated by profoundly unrewarding characters doing and saying utterly uninteresting things.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A well-intentioned study of high-school kids coping (and not coping) with the pressures of adolescence, its naturalistic style only makes the more overt dramatic elements look forced and clichéd.
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Walter Goodman
New York Times
May 21, 2003
The implacable earnestness laid on by the script, which it took three people to put together, is not relieved by the nonstop songs, from rock-and-roll to Gilbert and Sullivan.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Good intentions and seriousness aside, it's not much of anything -- not terrible, but not terribly engaging or illuminating either.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
To describe the opening scenes makes them seem routine, and yet they captured my attention with an intensity that I still do not understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 9, 2007
This isn't much more than a conscientious TV-movie drama, with a rather maudlin climax, but the performances are solid...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
July 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 4, 2004
Somehow balances the silliness of being seventeen with the beauty and the horror of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
A fresh faced Keanu Reeves stars in this quietly tragic depiction of teenage years, suicide and anger.
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