• PG-13, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Hedges
    In Theaters:
    Oct 17, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 2004
  • United Artists


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Pieces of April Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2010
Nick Rogers

Peter Hedges sustains the idea this family's interactions have begun with bared teeth for years. If they can summon it, one comforting moment will have to do. At best, it's a ramshackle reconciliation of tough-minded emotion and well-earned laughter.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An entertaining character study with the holiday theme...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009


April's cranberry sauce may be canned but the laughter and tears of an affecting, unsentimental coda are real.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 24, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Pieces of April has its heart in the right place, and while it may not always be entirely successful, marks a promising debut for a talented filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Screenwriter Peter Hedges makes his directorial debut with the best entry to date in the burgeoning Thanksgiving Day-from-hell genre.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

Had Hedges gone with unknown actors, or non-professionals, it might have worked, but with recognisable faces one can never quite suspend disbelief enough to care about the characters.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2007
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

A delightful, charming, instant holiday classic which makes us laugh repeatedly while delivering an emotionally satisfying message about unconditional love.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 4/4

April 16, 2007
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A series of terrific performances (led by the amazing Patricia Clarkson) make this unusual Thanksgiving comedy a feast for the mind.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Laughter and poignancy go hand in hand in this DV debut whose comedy that may be standard, but never ceases to deliver sharp, dark laughs.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Natasha Aitken
Empire Magazine

A shining example of just how compelling and affecting low-budget filmmaking can be when you've got a good story and strong cast.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2006
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

Peter Hedges has made a simple and sweet movie that will leave you misty eyed.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Tim Merrill
Film Threat

A film to savor and to be thankful for.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 6, 2005
Mark Sells
Film Threat

Holmes, Clarkson, and Platt steer the course through the straight and narrow and keep the film from becoming an inedible holiday leftover.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Es una pequeña peliculita, pero con una sensibilidad enorme.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

This delightful little miracle of a movie reminds us of how crucial it is that we appreciate and love each other in spite of our failures, grudges, and disappointments.

| Original Score: A-

January 15, 2005
Jordan Hiller

..I can't stress enough the grace and beauty of Peter Hedges' haunting picture ..

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3

December 6, 2004
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Katie Holmes... gives her most subtle and audacious performance yet...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 3, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Kent Turner

[Katie] Holmes doesn't so much react as put on an appropriate expression.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.75/5

April 15, 2004
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