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Blackbird wastes its premise on shallow storytelling, though its splendid cast adds heart to a sensitive subject. Read critic reviews

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Lily and Paul summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering before Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS. The couple plans a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer and Anna.

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  • The title of the film remains unexplained, but it apparently has nothing to do with the Beatles song or the handful of other films with the same name.

    February 27, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Neill succeeds with a grace and good humour that do a great deal to calm the histrionics and bring things to a finish lit with a persuasive mingling of sadness and hope.

    February 24, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Someone nudges this in memoriam in the ribs and reminds it to be a melodrama, at which point a far more typical story of family feuding kicks in.

    September 19, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It becomes really easy to care about these characters. Sam Neill was a real standout for me as the devoted husband who is trying to keep it together.

    September 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The moving melodrama is bolstered by an outstanding cast...

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film never recovers from a contrived and distracting plot development in the last third that highlights the artificiality of its structure.

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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