• 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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Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

These days, we rarely see realism portrayed so effectively on screen.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2004
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Intelligent, painful, and ultimately very moving.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

March 16, 2004
Jamie Russell

A collection of indie clichés, it's about as refreshing as being slapped in the face by a five-week-old kipper.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 1/5

February 13, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Barely 80 minutes long, this is a movie with the texture of a great short story. ...a comedy -- and a sharp, smart one.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 4/4

February 12, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Shot off-the-cuff on drab video, Hedges' holiday-flavored morsel is tasty, if not especially filling.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 9, 2004
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

Oh my gaw, what is Holmes thinking with those bangs?

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

February 8, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 5, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

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: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 3, 2004
Kim Linekin

Skips along, propelled by sharp humour and performances.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 15, 2004
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The best movie about Thanksgiving in a long time, maybe ever.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B+

January 12, 2004
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I found myself weeping like a child missing his mom for days on end.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

January 9, 2004
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Most of the writing is effectively funny, and Clarkson's performance gives the story's dramatic undercurrent some much needed weight.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

January 2, 2004
Greg Muskewitz

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: C+

December 31, 2003
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

[The masterstroke is] keeping the family apart for most of the movie and using character analysis as a way of suggesting the dysfunction.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

December 26, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...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.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2003
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

Patricia Clarkson livens things up in a supporting role, but we spend far more time with April, who has no discernable personality.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

December 18, 2003
Eric D. Snider

What a pleasant and touching little movie this is.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

December 13, 2003
Brian Orndorf

Embodies the tiresome side of independent filmmaking.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D+

December 2, 2003
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Here, in front of me, was a film trying to talk about family, the holidays, bitterness and redemption, all in such reasonable quantities...

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2003
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A reasonably fun and poignant family story ... and an ending that almost successfully wrapped everything up in a neat holiday bow.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3/5

November 23, 2003
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