Pieces of April Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An entertaining character study with the holiday theme...

Film4
November 24, 2008
April's cranberry sauce may be canned but the laughter and tears of an affecting, unsentimental coda are real.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Screenwriter Peter Hedges makes his directorial debut with the best entry to date in the burgeoning Thanksgiving Day-from-hell genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 16, 2007
A delightful, charming, instant holiday classic which makes us laugh repeatedly while delivering an emotionally satisfying message about unconditional love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 8, 2006
A series of terrific performances (led by the amazing Patricia Clarkson) make this unusual Thanksgiving comedy a feast for the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Natasha Aitken
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Peter Hedges has made a simple and sweet movie that will leave you misty eyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A film to savor and to be thankful for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Sells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Holmes, Clarkson, and Platt steer the course through the straight and narrow and keep the film from becoming an inedible holiday leftover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 3, 2005
Es una pequeña peliculita, pero con una sensibilidad enorme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
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-
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 6, 2004
..I can't stress enough the grace and beauty of Peter Hedges' haunting picture ..
Full Review | Original Score: 3
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 3, 2004
Katie Holmes... gives her most subtle and audacious performance yet...
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 15, 2004
[Katie] Holmes doesn't so much react as put on an appropriate expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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