• PG, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bruce Beresford
    In Theaters:
    Mar 4, 1983 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 15, 2000
  • HBO Video

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Tender Mercies Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Like a quiet child whose primary virtue is that he doesn't make any waves, Tender Mercies is so muted and obedient that it's hard in good conscience to praise it.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C-

December 6, 2004
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

I found myself filled with disquieting wishes for something to happen to break the silence.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2/5

November 28, 2006
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

February 18, 2007
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2002
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 13, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Remarkable film about a country western singer, a widow, and her son who try to expel the shadows of the past in order to become strong in the broken places of their lives.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

September 1, 2002
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Duvall won an Oscar for this one, and it's still a moving and fascinating flick.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2003
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An anti-Hollywood drama that glitters in its subdued form because it's a real gem.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

May 5, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 5/5

June 26, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2005
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

| Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2003
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Earthy Duvall vehicle, wonderful character study

| Original Score: 5/5

October 23, 2004
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Little gem of a film complements Duvall's later film "The Apostle"

| Original Score: 4/5

September 14, 2002
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 77/100

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Aussie director Beresford makes an impressive American debut with this rural Texas based saga of the recovery and redemption of an alcoholic and abusive country singer, splendidly played by Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 13, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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May 20, 2003

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July 8, 2003

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