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Pieces of April Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2003
Hedges never gets a bead on April, and Holmes doesn't supply the missing details.
Todd Gilchrist
October 21, 2003
Pieces Of April is no good and no amount of Sundance catfights for its distribution rights will convince me otherwise
Brian Orndorf
December 2, 2003
Embodies the tiresome side of independent filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rob Blackwelder
October 22, 2003
A Murphy's-Law Thanksgiving comedy in which both the meal and the movie have a hard time coming together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 13, 2003
An emotionally powerful ending aside, "Pieces of April" should have been a warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving treat. Instead, it's mostly just fuzzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
October 14, 2003
A gluttonous buffet of Sundance clichés, with an acid-reflux aftertaste of condescension and unexamined racism.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 24, 2003
A shell game that replaces the comedy of observation it sets out to be with glib one-liners, shallow characterizations, and a sweet but naive vision of racial harmony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 31, 2003
While pleasant enough, Pieces is more a sweet snack than a feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 16, 2003
Pieces of April looks like it is charming most of those who see it, but I was irritated by its artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
November 7, 2003
This year's spilled turkey tribute...provides an abundance of holiday stuffing/suffering in dispelling the dysfunctional family spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 22, 2003
Far stranger than the unnecessary air of mystery and constant telegraphing going on here is how Hedges turns disease and race into a running joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Smokler
October 16, 2003
What do you say about a movie that's not really there?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 18, 2003
Patricia Clarkson livens things up in a supporting role, but we spend far more time with April, who has no discernable personality.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
November 9, 2003
Ultimately Hedges' film, like the turkey, comes out underdone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jamie Russell
February 13, 2004
A collection of indie clichés, it's about as refreshing as being slapped in the face by a five-week-old kipper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 15, 2003
A white fantasy of helpful, unflaggingly one-dimensional minorities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 16, 2003
The setup is appealingly small-scale, yet the film's tone is one of fake intimacy -- shtick parading as quirky truth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 17, 2003
A movie that's a little too determined to find sweet forgiveness in sour attitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 24, 2003
'Pieces of April' was an extremely bad song (memory bouquet...ugh), so there's every reason to think the movie will be better. And it is... slightly.

Boston Phoenix
October 26, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 1, 2003
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