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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2005
Murky, disturbing stuff that most of the time does better at repelling viewers than compelling them to stick around to see what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2005
The schematic design behind her plot and characters is so rigidly predetermined that nothing feels lifelike despite the naturalistic acting and filmmaking.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 4, 2005
Jack and Rose's ballad is a sour song punctuated by ugly behavior from characters who are supposed to be sympathetic.
Eric D. Snider
April 2, 2005
A quiet, character-driven piece that slowly gets too big for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
April 2, 2005
The Ballad of Jack & Rose gets caught up in incidental distractions that lead the drama astray.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 24, 2005
Rebecca Miller's attempt to elevate a small Oedipal story about two damaged souls into a grandiloquent epic misses by a significantly wide mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NY Rock
March 26, 2007
A disjointed collection of characters whose dysfunctional behavior modes only reinforce the aimlessness of the narrative.
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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 14, 2005
The film's characters serve their schematic functions in Miller's story and never stray outside them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 25, 2005
When Daniel Day-Lewis sprays lead in his new film, though, we're supposed to consider him a misunderstood romantic, a crusading outlaw. Bob Dylan keeps popping up on the soundtrack to make sure you get the point.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
April 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
The Ballad of Jack and Rose, like the community it elucidates, is not perfect. Like the people who try so desperately to make the most of the world in which they live, it is full of flaws, inconsistencies, and shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
March 25, 2005
Its inscrutability and standoffishness make The Ballad of Jack & Rose more boring than watching someone else knit.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kent Turner
March 25, 2005
When the father and daughter are left to their own devices, the film plods along with four endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 25, 2005
A fine cast gives their director beautifully shaded performances, but the writer squanders them on a pretentiously meaningless story with...a creepy incestuous theme.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
April 6, 2005
Think of it as an somewhat self-conscious, sensitive, offbeat tone poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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John Anderson
March 24, 2005
The whole story feels like an exercise in manufactured emotion, tortured contrivance, narrative shortcutting and easy morality.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 25, 2005
Certainly there's no such thing as spending too much time with your child. Or is there?
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 31, 2005
The film disappoints, partly because it inspires such large expectations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 31, 2005
An engaging battle between terrific acting and a flawed script. Unfortunately, the actors -- including Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener and extraordinary newcomer Camilla Belle -- lose.
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