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Away From Her Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 21, 2007
Sarah Polley, a terrific actress, now serves notice that she is a director to watch.
May 18, 2007
Beautifully written, from an Alice Munro short story, this movie directed by an actress rarely missteps, even when it bravely includes the dark humor inherent in this situation.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2007
Superb, from its subtle atmospheres to its fine performances. Julie Christie is exquisite as ever purveying the spirit of a woman whose radiance remains even as it dims like the glow of sunset on a snowbound lake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2007
Away From Her got to me in a way no other movie has this year, eliciting copious tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 11, 2007
As this intimate, beautifully observed film unfolds, you realize that the story's themes are relevant no matter what age you happen to be.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2007
Sarah Polley's sad, wise and simply dazzling directorial effort beams with warmth.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 11, 2007
Away From Her deals with a subject that easily could have turned maudlin. But the performances in Away From Her are pitch-perfect throughout, and Polley never begs for an emotional response she doesn't try to earn.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 11, 2007
Upon seeing Away From Her again, I'm content with my sense memory. I'm even more pleased with how much of this fine film's nuance and detail feel fresh.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2007
Away From Her isn't just a portrait of Alzheimer's. For a generation that doesn't have a lot of marital role models, it's also a lyrical portrait of what it means to stick with a person for the long run. There are no easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 10, 2007
In Away From Her, four of the best actors in the world turn material worthy of their talents into the best movie of the year so far. The result is moving the way the best-written literature can be, telling us something about ourselves.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 10, 2007
It's Christie who places this powerful love story about the cruelties of aging within hailing distance of Leo McCarey's sublime Make Way for Tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 10, 2007
A wise and tender Alzheimer's drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2007
Bergmanesque and beautiful, set in a wintry landscape fitfully lit by one woman's flickering awareness and one man's long-term, stubborn love, Away from Her is one of the most remarkable and moving love stories the movies have recently given us.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 10, 2007
[A] modest yet infinitely moving film of love, loss and memory.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 10, 2007
Rarely has love at any age been depicted so honestly on screen. For such a fully realized portrait to be created by a 28-year-old first-time director is even more remarkable.
May 10, 2007
Represents one of the few clear-headed, uncompromising looks at [Alzheimer's] and its impacts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2007
[A] superbly tacit chamber piece.
May 9, 2007
I think it's one of this year's finest and most memorable films.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2007
Polley gets great work from the entire cast.
May 7, 2007
The movie, [Sarah] Polley's feature début, is a small-scale triumph that could herald a great career.
May 5, 2007
Mostly, it's a subdued, well-shot character study that observes rather than dictates emotions.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 5, 2007
As terrific as Christie's performance is, it's the superb Pinsent who's left to register most of the internal emotional turbulence as a reserved man who no longer shares a past with the woman he's spent his life with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2007
A feature film that's often astringent on the surface, yet deeply and memorably stirring.
May 4, 2007
Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2007
Every actress who's ever frozen her emotions with Botox should be forced to watch this film before returning to the plastic surgeon's office. It's the lines in Christie's face -- deeply etched, deeply earned -- that make her so heartbreakingly lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2007
With luck, [more] skills will develop in Polley, and we'll have the opportunity to watch them. For now, though, we have Christie to look at. And the heartbreaking slow-motion tragedy of a vibrant woman being buried alive under the shifting sands.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2007
Away From Her is poignant, wise and unafraid -- just the sort of film for a young person, or any person, for that matter, to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 4, 2007
In a refreshingly direct, unassuming manner, Away From Her considers two great human mysteries: the persistence of love and the workings of the brain.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2007
Away From Her is cause for celebration if only because it stars the great Julie Christie in her first lead role in many years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 3, 2007
How invigorating it is to see portrayed such a range of complex, intelligent women, each of whom is surviving in an independent orbit rather than joined at the hip in some gooey movie idyll of sisterhood.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2007
A tremulous adaptation of acclaimed Canadian storyteller Alice Munro's much-tougher-minded short fiction about love and Alzheimer's, The Bear Came Over the Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 30, 2007
A twilight-of-life love story, one that harshly demolishes our romantic notions of love and loyalty, then replaces them with something deeper and, finally, more consoling.
April 27, 2007
The writing and the peformances are intelligent enough to make this a rare if difficult pleasure, and Christie especially shines.
April 26, 2007
A straightforward but engrossing drama about what love is worth when memory is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 25, 2007
A heartbreaking and memorable cinematic experience.
April 25, 2007
I have seen few films in recent years as emotionally engrossing and edifying. It is not to be missed by any moviegoer professing to be looking for something different.
April 20, 2007
A remarkable character study from actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who like Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton, grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 19, 2007
Christie, a Sixties screen goddess in Darling and Doctor Zhivago, shows that her spirit and grace are eternal. She's a beauty. So is the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 25, 2007
Polley captures the brisk, cheerful fascism of nursing-home existence with merciless clarity; if you've visited a parent or grandparent in one of those places, you may want to laugh and cry in the same moment.
Top Critic
September 23, 2006
Sarah Polley is that rare flower, a genuine Canadian star. She's well-regarded everywhere yet chooses to live and work at home. Naturally her first feature as a writer-director has garnered scrutiny. The news is all good.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 15, 2006
Sarah Polley's directing debut is an assured, moving look at coping with Alzheimer's.
September 12, 2006
A gracefully wrought study of a long-term marriage being wedged apart by Alzheimer's.