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Aurora Borealis Reviews

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September 14, 2006
Likable if dramatically pat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
September 14, 2006
wears off without any specific thing to be remembered by
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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 4, 2006
Aurora Borealis bites Good Will Hunting and Donald Sutherland feels most of the sting.
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
September 15, 2006
Director James Burke could easily have trimmed 30 minutes of suffering.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
September 1, 2007
It's predictable and ultimately quite trivial, but Sutherland alone is almost worth the ticket price.
September 14, 2006
Aurora Borealis is certainly pithy, but pithy does not necessarily make for interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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+
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 7, 2006
Borealis constantly dodges formula by taking little asides with the characters that are unpredicted, and exercising the Minneapolis setting to investigate the literal and symbolic thawing of a wounded soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 5, 2006
Some of the characterizations are of quite good with Donald Sutherland giving a very strong performance. But some may find the pacing, like life in this cold town, just a little slow.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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.
July 10, 2007
What holds Aurora Borealis together is the complex and very realistic relationships between the characters.
August 29, 2006
Joshua Jackson becomes a major screen presence with his sensitive and charismatic performance in 'Aurora Borealis,' a rare and memorable film.
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