You Can Count On Me (2000)



Critic Consensus: You Can Count On Me may look like it belongs on the small screen, but the movie surprises with its simple yet affecting story. Beautifully acted and crafted, the movie will simply draw you in.

Movie Info

Two siblings, orphaned at an early age, have grown apart as adults. Sammy, the older of the two, has stayed in the small town of their childhood. A single mother, she works in the local bank and leads a steadfast moral life with her young son. Terry, her younger brother whom she helped raise, has become a self-destructive roamer with a taste for the wilder side of life. When Terry comes for a visit, his mere presence begins to crack the veneer of Sammy's well-ordered existence. Each is uneasy … More

Rating: R (for language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Kenneth Lonergan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2001
Box Office: $8.4M
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as Mrs. Prescott

as Mr. Prescott

as Sheriff Darryl

as Minister

as Young Sammy

as Young Terry

as Waitress

as Priest, Ron

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as Rudy Sr.

as Older Cop

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Critic Reviews for You Can Count On Me

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (35)

The key to Lonergan's success? He has faith in the intelligence of his audience. It's that simple -- and encouraging.

Full Review… | December 22, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

This feature debute, which gives good name to American indie cinema, is worth revisiting on DVD for the performances of Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.

Full Review… | May 17, 2011

well structured without resorting to flashbacks

Full Review… | May 14, 2011
Old School Reviews

A score of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites befits siblings accustomed to solitude - passages of mourning and joy given life by characters with proper proportions of antagonism and affection. Unresolved yet complete, it's about replacing fear with truth.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010

The lead characters are extremely well played by Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. Yet above all it is Kenneth Lonergan's writing and direction that left the biggest mark.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Stylized showmen do Rain Man and Forrest Gump, but it takes a natural actor like Ruffalo to pull off this strange beauty.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009

Audience Reviews for You Can Count On Me


Crazy that this film is 11 years old. I enjoyed it and it was great to see all these actors in this film. It was touching and real. It's a movie everyday people can relate to; feeling lost in life and still managing to go through everyday finding a way to try and make it better anyway possible.

Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

A troubled traveler lives with his sister, who is a single mom struggling with bad relationships.
This is a subtle, deft character study that features strong performances by the two leads. Laura Linney's trademark awkward strength -- exhibited here by her clearing a nightstand, everything crashing to the floor, then silently wondering if she did it correctly -- is on full display as well as her moments of giddiness, similar to the staircase celebration in Love Actually. Mark Ruffalo plays the troubled rebel well.
I did think the film's pacing was too slow at points. And there are some moments in the narration when I wondered if the film had a thematic purpose. It doesn't; we just get to know some people during the film's two hours. An example of the film's stuttered narration: I didn't see the motive for Sammy to bring in the priest to talk to her brother, and the first scene had very little to do with the rest of the film.
Overall, it's great to see a good character study, but a well-constructed story following it is missing from this relatively strong film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

I can feel the title emanating off of every move Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo make.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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