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Aurora Borealis Reviews

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September 1, 2007
It's predictable and ultimately quite trivial, but Sutherland alone is almost worth the ticket price.
July 10, 2007
What holds Aurora Borealis together is the complex and very realistic relationships between the characters.
May 10, 2007
What looks like a goopy, disease-of-the-week movie about Alzheimer's turns out to be a surprisingly well crafted, beautifully acted movie.
March 1, 2007
[A] tough, sweet and buoyantly funny drama about how we all grow up in different ways and on different timetables.
October 6, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2006
Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2006
The script offers neither character revelations nor plot twists. It unfolds by the numbers, like the product of an amateur screenwriter's salon.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 2, 2006
A fair-to-middling coming-of-age tale [is] played by a stellar cast in an unusual locale [but] never escapes seeming rather ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 29, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 28, 2006
Boyd's observant script (Minneapolis guy: 'St. What?' Kate: 'St. Paul. It's on the other side of the river.') and fine acting smooth over most of the rough edges.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2006
A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 22, 2006
Predictable but not preachy, its likeable types quirky and familiar, 'Aurora Borealis' is a good if undemanding watch.
September 21, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2006
Aurora Borealis -- yes, that title eventually comes home to roost -- doesn't offend in any way, but it's so self-consciously quaint, so unwaveringly 'nice,' that you nearly wish it did.
September 20, 2006
Juliette Lewis makes Aurora Borealis into a funnier, richer, more powerful film than it has any reason to be.
September 15, 2006
The real surprise here is Lewis, who seems to have finally hit on a role that balances her usual flakiness with smarts and an offbeat poignancy, and she delivers the strongest work of her adult career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2006
Fine acting distinguishes Aurora Borealis, a moderately affecting seriocomic character study marred by a weak, tidily resolved third act.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
Aurora Borealis is Duncan's story, and it's picked up some of his bad habits; like him, it's not sure what it wants to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
Set in dead-of-winter Minneapolis, a ready-made metaphor for (groan, shiver) the chill in Duncan's heart, the movie tells how life warms up when he goes to work at a nursing home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2006
All in all, while this isn't a great film, it's quite nice.
Read More | Original Score: 2.6/5
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