These days, we rarely see realism portrayed so effectively on screen.
| Original Score: 4/5
Intelligent, painful, and ultimately very moving.
| Original Score: 7/10
A collection of indie clichés, it's about as refreshing as being slapped in the face by a five-week-old kipper.
| Original Score: 1/5
Barely 80 minutes long, this is a movie with the texture of a great short story. ...a comedy -- and a sharp, smart one.
| Original Score: 4/4
Shot off-the-cuff on drab video, Hedges' holiday-flavored morsel is tasty, if not especially filling.
Oh my gaw, what is Holmes thinking with those bangs?
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit.
Holmes, Clarkson, and Platt steer the course through the straight and narrow and keep the film from becoming an inedible holiday leftover.
Skips along, propelled by sharp humour and performances.
The best movie about Thanksgiving in a long time, maybe ever.
| Original Score: B+
I found myself weeping like a child missing his mom for days on end.
| Original Score: 6/10
Most of the writing is effectively funny, and Clarkson's performance gives the story's dramatic undercurrent some much needed weight.
It does not help, either, to subject us to the nauseous mindset of Clarkson's character by shaking the camera around so much you'd think it was attached to Elvis' pelvis.
| Original Score: C+
[The masterstroke is] keeping the family apart for most of the movie and using character analysis as a way of suggesting the dysfunction.
| Original Score: 3/4
...a solid and quirky dysfunctional family comedy-drama...sharply touching and carries the appropriate tone of wit and genuine forethought to heighten its redemptive vibes.
Patricia Clarkson livens things up in a supporting role, but we spend far more time with April, who has no discernable personality.
What a pleasant and touching little movie this is.
Embodies the tiresome side of independent filmmaking.
| Original Score: D+
Here, in front of me, was a film trying to talk about family, the holidays, bitterness and redemption, all in such reasonable quantities...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A reasonably fun and poignant family story ... and an ending that almost successfully wrapped everything up in a neat holiday bow.
| Original Score: 3/5