Away We Go Reviews

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August 30, 2018
It's sweet, I suppose, but it's also oddly inconsequential, fake and annoying.
March 28, 2018
It's to the actors' credit that they retain their authenticity amidst all these well-cast but cartoonishly drawn cutouts. Then again, perhaps Mendes's point was to throw Burt and Verona into relief by making everyone else a little ridiculous,
September 12, 2017
Overall, the movie was touching, funny at times, and really conveyed an imperfect couple's search for the perfect parenthood.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
Navel-gazing malarkey.
February 3, 2011
December 9, 2009
Sam Mendes' Away We Go is two thirds of a good film. Many good laughs. A decent concept. No follow through.
December 9, 2009
Mendes paints in broad strokes, but in this case he seems little more than an interpreter of his screenwriters' obsession with innocence.
September 18, 2009
Away We Go is the cinematic equivalent of Innocent smoothies: it appears to talk like 'us', while all the time reducing us to another consumer demographic.
September 18, 2009
While cynics may find it twee, Mendes fans should greatly enjoy this (gently) surprising change of direction. Go in with the right frame of mind and you'll leave with a big, goofy grin on your face.
September 18, 2009
That every supporting character is depicted as insufferable or pitiable or both would be bad enough; what's worse is that the couple discover nothing about themselves that wasn't obvious from the opening.
September 18, 2009
Away We Go is a reminder that being a successful author does not mean you can dash off a screenplay without learning the craft.
September 18, 2009
Away We Go has an easy, no-particular-place-to-go looseness that doesn't bear too close a scrutiny, but has a certain likability.
September 18, 2009
This won't go down as much of a success story for Mendes, but, unlike his more grandiose projects of late, it's not a complete dead end.
September 18, 2009
The more the film insists that we see Verona and Burt as perfect, the more smug and unreal they appear. The messy mix of twee maundering and frat-boy slapstick might work if one thing were added: a caption at the end that read: "... and then Burt woke up"
September 18, 2009
Potentially poignant stories are presented with the same caricatural brusqueness or dispassion as the stories of people who are plain stupid.
September 18, 2009
Away We Go is slight, implausible and more fuddy-duddy than it wants to let on, but it's well-made, interesting, cynical enough to undercut its moments of sentimentality, and kind of fun. When I came out, I felt a little more cheerful than when I went in.
September 18, 2009
It certainly lacks director Sam Mendes's typically epic touch. But if you're not expecting another American Beauty, you'll find it a pleasant, enjoyable little indie movie.
June 26, 2009
Terrific performances make this tender if slight little film worth the trip.
June 24, 2009
Away We Go makes a nice metaphor for a rootless, self-involved culture of parents trying to get it right and getting all the wrong advice as they do.
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