Tender Mercies Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
December 6, 2004
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 | Original Score: C-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 28, 2006
I found myself filled with disquieting wishes for something to happen to break the silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 4, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 13, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
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.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
February 3, 2003
Duvall won an Oscar for this one, and it's still a moving and fascinating flick.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 5, 2008
An anti-Hollywood drama that glitters in its subdued form because it's a real gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
December 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Earthy Duvall vehicle, wonderful character study
| Original Score: 5/5
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 14, 2002
Little gem of a film complements Duvall's later film "The Apostle"
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Film4
July 8, 2003
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Variety
May 22, 2008
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