An Unfinished Life Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 9, 2005
It's the movie that feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
September 12, 2005
As usual, actors will be backlit at Magic Hour, lessons will be learned, life-affirming bromides will be delivered, music will be delicate and symbolism will be heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2005
In this careful, dot-to-dot prestige picture, everybody learns their lessons on cue, the abusive ex gets his comeuppance and the bear (played by Bart the Bear) who nearly murdered Mitch is freed from confinement by Einar and Griff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 8, 2005
You almost want to flip the screen over and see if there's a Hallmark logo imprinted on the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 31, 2005
The film never realizes its dramatic potential, choosing to take predictable story paths with obvious characters.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 8, 2005
Whereas the tiny moments in Unfinished are excellent, the big picture is out of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 5, 2005
A prototypical WE channel mushfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 9, 2005
Days of Our Lives in coveralls.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
September 10, 2005
With every attempt to create another small, poignant but quirky story about relationships, director Lasse Hallstrom misses the mark with his casting. Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford in the same movie is every bit as awkward as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 24, 2005
The picture has no discernible reason for being. It's impossible to identify with characters who seem so fond of their own misery, they can't be bothered to communicate even the most basic facts about themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 9, 2005
Lasse Hallstrom yawns out another awards contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 10, 2005
Feels less like an authentic movie and more like a straight-faced parody of the Oscar bait that it was once clearly designed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
September 8, 2005
Another sleepy, sweeping soft-serve melodrama from director Lasse Hallstrom...the story arc seems to have been drawn on graph paper rather than written in a script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
September 8, 2005
It tugs at the heartstrings but only on a superficial level because JLo doesn't have the acting chops to pull of this kind of complex, sympathetic role.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 8, 2005
contrived and cliched...but ... still a well crafted piece of work with a strong sense of place (Ishawooa, Wyoming) and fine if unexceptional work by the ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 6, 2005
A tense but ultimately corny family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 30, 2006
If only the bulk of the film focused on the grizzly and not the deplorable people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2005
It's awful not in an exciting, uncontrolled way but in an overly controlled, narcotized way, an imitation of too many inspirational heal-the-pain dramas that Miramax has released since the dawn of their Oscar age.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 8, 2005
Everything about An Unfinished Life's screenplay is cliched and predictable, but the actors manage to elevate the proceedings above and beyond shameless soap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 8, 2005
Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez star in a sentimental western that suffocates in its own predictability and watered-down psychobabble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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