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The Yellow Handkerchief Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 2, 2010
This is basically brooding people doing awkward things in a humid environment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 1, 2010
The only positive thing about the aimless film The Yellow Handkerchief is the idea that William Hurt may be ready for his Jeff Bridges moment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2010
The unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 12, 2010
The Yellow Handkerchief is a love story. Two, really. At its center is the sweetly fractured ticking of a broken heart on the mend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 12, 2010
This modest but moving indie ensemble piece puts three estimable actors in a convertible, sets them on a long drive to post-Katrina Louisiana and lets the character dynamics do the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 12, 2010
The Yellow Handkerchief is a surprisingly moving drama -- a throwback to the small, character-driven indies of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 12, 2010
Even Stewart, an untutored colt of an actress who can toggle between natural grace and utter haplessness, finds her groove here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2010
You don't need an original story for a movie. You need original characters and living dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 10, 2010
Sluggish. Torpid. Boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 10, 2010
The sleepy scenery and charming performances -- Stewart escapes her vampires and reminds everyone what the fuss used to be about -- keep The Yellow Handkerchief from blowing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 3, 2010
Here the fascination is Hurt, so deft at steering his character away from booby-trap clichés that he guides his young costars safely out of sap's way and brightens an otherwise very yellowed tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 3, 2010
With tired eyes, a hesitant stoop and thinning hair, William Hurt makes only occasional appearances in films these days, but he's forgotten nothing about the kind of niche acting that informed his early work and won him a coveted Best Actor Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 1, 2010
The first half of The Yellow Handkerchief is the half-movie of the year, and the rest isnâ(TM)t bad -- just more sentimental, more ordinary.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 26, 2010
Director Udayan Prasad knows how to maximize tight spaces and closed-up characters, but Stewart underwhelms with her churlish pout and Southern twang, while Redmayne is simply annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 26, 2010
Erin Dignam's episodic script, brimming with humor and honest emotion -- and the pitch-perfect direction of Udayan Prasad -- thankfully avoids manipulating the audience at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 25, 2010
William Hurt, who specializes in playing high-strung, upscale neurotics, brings his formidable skills to The Yellow Handkerchief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 25, 2010
It's nice to see a film unafraid to be quiet and sensitive, but one good gust of coastal breeze would blow this one away.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out New York
February 24, 2010
A wispy story of revelation that's blessed with gorgeously photographed Southern discomfort, and beset by on-the-nose dialogue and awkward time-shifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
All three leads are solidly convincing in their candor. And Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges (The Mission) shoots the hell out of the swampy South to make for a nontoxic diversion.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2008
[Arthur] Cohn has assembled a quartet of gifted actors who are captivating under Prasad's perceptive direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 25, 2008
Better pack your hankies.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2008
A sometimes insightful and other times sentimental slice of Americana.