• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Lasse Hallström
    In Theaters:
    Sep 9, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 11, 2006
  • Miramax Films

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An Unfinished Life Reviews


Time Out
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Call it "the Sundance effect," in which sentimental family drama blossoms amid a scenic, pastoral American landscape, with all its connotations of unspoiled purity and rejuvenation.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Hallström ropes an all-star cast into what's essentially a glossed-up TV movie.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to Free Willy, veering dangerously close to New Age parody.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Manages to be both moving and poignant largely because of the superb acting, cinematography and direction.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

September 12, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The picture is outrageously predictable and somewhat poky, but there's also something admirably bold about the way it so adamantly demands we swallow its hokum.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 9, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Redford and Freeman have a relaxed rapport -- watch their expressions when Griff asks them if they're gay -- but the script keeps giving them unspeakable lines to utter.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 9, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The grizzly may have mauled Mitch, but by the end, that metaphor has mauled us.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2005
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Hallström specializes in tales of pent-up longing and hesitant reconciliation, but this cinematic Hallmark card is too prettified and predictable for his reliably delicate touch.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Redford's hellbound to remain the craggy cowboy who hides his feelings under Marlboro Man stoicism. Must he act like a River Runs Through everything?

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 9, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's the movie that feels incomplete.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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An Unfinished Life means well, but it's hard to give it much credit beyond that.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 9, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Days of Our Lives in coveralls.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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This is certainly not a movie worth going out of your way for, but don't be surprised if you happen to come across it on cable one rainy Sunday afternoon and find yourself watching it to the end.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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This is the kind of movie where someone gets unreasonably upset over a broken plate and you realize that the plate is actually supposed to be a metaphor for a broken relationship -- at which point you begin to glance longingly toward the fire exits.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 9, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It's no great thing, but in their heyday as Oscar campaigners, they could have made Redford a contender.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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It's a good story, well told, honed just short of a distracting sheen.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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There is never much doubt how An Unfinished Life will finish, yet it is kept dramatically and emotionally involving by the actors, who approach the characters and the story honestly and sincerely.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Consistently entertaining and ultimately satisfying, offering Robert Redford his best role in a decade. Kids, this is why everybody used to love this guy.

| Original Score: B

September 9, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Excruciatingly tasteful.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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If you've ever seen a movie, you know what's going to happen.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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This film's plot mechanics become too, well, mechanical.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

September 8, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An Unfinished Life doesn't succumb to the emotional dumbing-down that has become the norm in movies.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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An inspirational family drama for the terminally uninspired.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 8, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez star in a sentimental western that suffocates in its own predictability and watered-down psychobabble.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 8, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An unabashedly sudsy soap opera that overflows with warm fuzzies. It's also really well done.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

September 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[The film] is modest and heartfelt, dealing directly with straightforward material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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An Unfinished Life has an old-fashioned solidity about it. It can be slow at times, but the movie knows what it's doing and how to do it, thanks to director Lasse Hallstrom and his capable cast.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

September 8, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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An Unfinished Life is powerful, intriguing, thought-provoking and unforgettable.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 7, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2005
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Lasse Hallstrom never met a case of advanced emotional constipation he couldn't unplug in two psychobabbly hours or less.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 6, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I really did love this film, from Redford's showcase performance to the ensemble cast, to all that gorgeous scenery.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 6, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An Unfinished Life isn't original, but, for those who enjoy this sort of drama, it's an opportunity to remember how, in the right circumstances, on-screen characters can touch our hearts.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The film never realizes its dramatic potential, choosing to take predictable story paths with obvious characters.

August 31, 2005
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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A film is in some kind of trouble when, despite presence of an A-list cast and well-regarded director, the best thing in it is a partly digitized bear.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 22, 2005
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