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Antwone Fisher Reviews

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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2003
A fine film that proves the past is never too bleak -- or the future too hopeless -- to discover a productive new life, and a home and family to share it.
December 27, 2002
A riveting story well told.
December 27, 2002
Denzel Washington gives a sensitive yet powerful performance as a Navy psychiatrist, and newcomer Derek Luke is a pleasant surprise as the title character.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 26, 2002
For sure, Antwone Fisher is corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2002
There's a simplicity and heart to Antwone Fisher ... that's extremely appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2002
Watchful, flinty, unexpectedly vulnerable -- and so cathartic it could wring tears from a stone.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2002
A film as modestly underplayed and as unassumingly classy as the star who also directed it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 25, 2002
Marks a strong directorial performance by Washington, who foregoes tricky maneuvers and allows the emotions and details of his story to carry the day.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 25, 2002
The acting helps push the movie past its familiarity into something that rings earnest and true.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2002
In his debut as a director, Washington has a sure hand. His work with actors is particularly impressive.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 24, 2002
Luke is one actor who is sure to be with us in a big way for years to come.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2002
While the film is rated PG-13 for language and the brawling, this is one film that high school teachers can use as a teaching tool without any rationalization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2002
Luke's performance as Antwone is strong and stirring enough to rekindle that vintage phrase 'a star is born.'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 23, 2002
An assured directorial debut that goes straight for the tear ducts.
December 20, 2002
Earnestly inspirational, conservatively moralistic and little on the bland side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2002
Why this story? As it stands, it's the story of a clean-cut kid who becomes an even nicer clean-cut kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2002
Well-meaning to a fault, Antwone Fisher manages the dubious feat of turning one man's triumph of will into everyman's romance comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2002
Washington the director couldn't have made a smarter choice for the title role -- or chosen a more appropriate project to make his own.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2002
A film that begins with the everyday lives of naval personnel in San Diego and ends with scenes so true and heartbreaking that tears welled up in my eyes both times I saw the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
There's nothing in either the conception or execution to lift it above a TV-movie tear-jerker.
December 19, 2002
An Oscar-worthy, emotionally honest, feel-good saga with a universality that stands out in a season of singularly depressing and cynical Hollywood product.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
Not only is it unusual that this emotional story of how a damaged boy became a whole man made it to the screen at all, it is a measure of its strengths that it overcomes storytelling flaws that would have disabled a weaker project.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 19, 2002
An involving, inspirational drama that sometimes falls prey to its sob-story trappings.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 19, 2002
A movie that resonates with truth and caring and, thanks to the uncommon rapport between Luke and Washington, grabs at the heart like nothing else this year.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
Celebrates family in a way that's deeply felt by the director and screenwriter/subject and no doubt will be shared by viewers of any ethnicity.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2002
It is an inspirational, heart-tugging story of the kind Oscar might be willing to embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2002
Induces the sort of catharsis that leaves you feeling released, enlightened and in deeper touch with humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 18, 2002
Offers an impressive melding of quietly radical images and ideas with, yes, an old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing holiday tearjerker.
December 18, 2002
It's a familiar story, but one that is presented with great sympathy and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2002
Everything -- even life on an aircraft carrier -- is sentimentalized.
December 16, 2002
A special film with some really special performances from the young actors and of course Denzel Washington.
December 5, 2002
Washington, in his debut as a director, delivers a solid piece of craftsmanship.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2002
Crafted with the same measured intensity and quiet authority found in his best onscreen work, Denzel Washington's debut behind the camera, Antwone Fisher, is an emotionally charged true-life story of one man's tenacity and eventual redemption.
September 18, 2002
Washington has a successful if modest debut film under his belt.