An overrated film. DiCaprio gives a great performance as a mentally retarded boy. It's so good, in fact, that's it's difficult to watch.
| Original Score: 2/5
Even if you have a taste as I do for movies about dysfunctional families, you may be a little put off by the Grapes.
Director Lasse Halstrom and cinematographer Sven Nykvist do their best to disguise the predictability with their own grace notes. But all the music in the world can't hide a tone this false.
First, the good part. There is a 20 second clip of an architecturally interesting courthouse. The rest of the show is either boring or unbearably depressing.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
There is a good idea for a movie hiding here, but Halstrom has buried it beneath a load of charmless shtick.
A challenging look at the ups and downs of family.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 4/5
One of the most enchanting movies of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
Well-written (albeit a little too long) and competently acted.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fine performances by all, with Leonardo DiCaprio a stand out.
Small-town drama has big moments thanks to Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis and a superb Leonardo DiCaprio.
Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom and his fine cast have endowed the story with a good deal of behavioral truth and unstressed comedy.
A story that could easily have been mishandled by making Gilbert too sugary noble, but Hedges and Hallstrom create characters of depth and resonance.
| Original Score: 6/8
There is not much plot to speak of, but the film instead presents a moody, elegiac atmosphere of longing and desperation that is powerfully tangible ....
A fantastic look at the anachronisms of small-town life and the myriad problems of coping with a go-nowhere existence.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A quirky study of altruism that It shows how love in a family context can be transformed and renewed again and again.
The Grapes are as authentic, and as flat-out weird, as any real family I know.
Suggests that the true heroes are those people who day by day must tend to misfits, and do so with love, tenacity and a determination not to go terminally sour in the process.