The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2006
... in another director's hands ... might have devolved into a truly terrifying Lifetime-style screed against the oppressiveness of the masculine ego
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2005
The film is mild and tentative, as if Anderson and company had inadvertently given in to the wrong sort of 1950s influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
There's potential for a poignant metaphor about the sacrifices so many mothers make for their homestead, but Anderson and Moore are so busy creating a blandly perfect domestic goddess that they never stop to wonder about the human being inside.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 3, 2005
A bit thin and uninvolving.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 10, 2007
Defiance, Where? Female Compliance Behind and Before The Camera
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 1, 2005
The movie can be looked on for its incidental evidence of everything wrong with American capitalist obsessed ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
October 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 30, 2005
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio carries no surprises in its too sweet telling of 50's family life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
October 2, 2005
Talk about desperate, long-suffering housewives! This poignant, syrupy domestic saga, set in the Betty Crocker '50s, borders in being infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 30, 2005
[W]hip[s] hardship into a nutrition-free froth of nostalgia and facile charm: it's The Wonder Years as produced by Good Housekeeping magazine.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 29, 2007
The script just dulls out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2005
[It's] light on conveying any real feelings of Eisenhower-era darkness the prizewinner herself might have felt during her decades of marriage to an abusive, drunken man.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 29, 2005
The only thing that stands between this woman and canonization is death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 29, 2005
Evelyn's behavior just seems surreal, and it doesn't help that the movie never settles on a consistent tone, looking back from an ironic distance at first, then moving in for a painfully close look at the Ryans' tribulations.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 30, 2005
The alternating scenes of giddiness and violence create a sense of irreconcilable differences, both for the couple and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 30, 2005
Depicts the Eisenhower years as a golden era when women had the good sense to ditch their careers and endure horrible marriages for the sake of having lots of kids.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2005
The basic, based-on-a-true-story plot -- plucky '50s homemaker provides for her family by entering jingle contests -- is pure Lifetime weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 30, 2005
The prize in this movie is Moore, a first-rate actress who finds layers in Evelyn that the script fails to investigate.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2005
A mixed bag of goods. A bag of goods, it definitely is, but without a consistent point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 23, 2012
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AV Club
October 1, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 29, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
October 29, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 6, 2005

Boston Phoenix
December 17, 2005
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