Aurora Borealis (2006)
Critic Consensus: Deeply reminiscent of other, better films, Aurora Borealis nonetheless succeeds on the strength of winning performances from Sutherland and Jackson.
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as Duncan Shorter
as Ronald Shorter
as Ruth Shorter
as Mr. Gunderson
as Hamit Arfaya
as Mrs. Hollerich
as Hardware Employee
as Paul Westerberg
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Critic Reviews for Aurora Borealis
Seems designed to reward Jackson with his biggest adult part to date, though it doesn't give the Vancouver, B.C., native a lot to work with.
Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.
Every bromide, plot twist and stock character arrives right on time and, to give director James Burke his due, function as well as they ever have.
A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.
Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot.
Audience Reviews for Aurora Borealis
cursed again; jackson couldn't emote his way out of a wet paper bag. did not could not support this film. lewis and sutherland did admirably well in picking up the slack.
A good script, well performed by a really good cast...including Juliette Lewis (I say this even though I am not a fan). I was very impressed with Joshua Jackson, and Donald Sutherland in this film. The main plot deals with mortality, growing old, and the love of family...all with a touch of saddness, and humor together. Nice movie.
Good performances, not the best script. Which leads to this to be nothing more than an average flick.