Unfinished Song Reviews

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Top Critic
June 20, 2013
[It] doesn't earn its sentimentalism; instead it rolls through a series of cliched life lessons that never come close to exploring the film's emotional territory with any depth or commitment.
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
February 21, 2013
Too emotionally manipulative, but not without its moments of real tenderness and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2013
Part end-of-life romance, part grossly manipulative mush, the film tries to stare grief and mortality in the face while practically shitting rainbows.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 20, 2013
For all its sporadic flashes of insight, Unfinished Song is built around the assumption that there's nothing funnier than old timers throwing devil horns, doing the robot, or performing a rousing rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
May 9, 2013
This is one film that's equal parts moving and grating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 3, 2013
Williams isn't going to offer anything but the most expected answer in the most expected fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gail Tolley
The List
October 29, 2012
Die hard weepy fans might find catharsis in the amount of tears that flow but for the rest of us, it's one to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 21, 2013
Williams fills his screenplay with nails that he can then hammer for the rest of the running time, so whether it's dying wife/mum/grandma or strained father-son relations that bring you to tears, the movie keeps pummeling you until you produce them.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2013
When it's over you may notice red marks on your throat, so determined is "Unfinished Song" to strangle the audience into emotional submission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
February 22, 2013
It patronises the older generation by going, "Tee-hee, look at them trying to be young".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 26, 2013
It's a sweet and well-cast film, but it's also unevenly paced and never quite rises above mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
September 14, 2012
Song for Marion seems to be aiming for the grey pound, but its treatment of elderly people is so corny it's hard to see it appealing to the audience that flocked to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 21, 2013
Overacting while peering through goggly specs, Redgrave comes on like a drag-act Mr Magoo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 27, 2013
Aims for zany and strikes out constantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2013
It's all very predictable - including the competition the group enters, the tragedies along the way, and the final big-hugs-all-around ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
July 3, 2013
Such predictable ingredients get stale all too quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
July 19, 2013
Cheap laughs and forced sentimentality taint Redgrave and Stamp
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 27, 2013
Blends the premise of TV's Glee with liberal splashes of recent older-skewing audience pleasers Quartet and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in predictable fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 27, 2013
If you're an inveterate softie looking to hydrate your eyes, yes...can't bear the thought of missing good work by Redgrave and Stamp, maybe...low tolerance for having your intelligence insulted (or dreadful renditions of "Love Shack"), it's a definite no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
June 20, 2013
A big broad arrow aiming at the bullseye of the mainstream, Unfinished Song hits its target, but whether that relatively low bar deserves to celebrated is up for debate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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