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Dear Frankie Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
April 16, 2005
A rarity: a heartstring-puller that's never manipulative, a tearjerker that's never sentimental or maudlin, and a drama that soars whenever it should be in free fall.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 15, 2005
It may have you reaching for your Kleenex at the end, but at least Dear Frankie triggers audience sniffles the old-fashioned way: it earns them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 15, 2005
Mortimer creates a complex and sympathetic portrait of a mother struggling to give her son anything she can, while McElhone portrays the son as a wise, perceptive lad who can handle more challenges than his mother is willing to allow.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2005
A bittersweet bonbon of a drama, full of the old fashioned literary touches that a well-written letter still can deliver in the age of e-mail.
| Original Score: 4/5
M.E. Russell
April 15, 2005
As the story takes some surprising turns, it works like a slow infection: Patient audience members may find themselves awakening to the story in much the same way the characters awaken to their own capacities for tenderness.
| Original Score: B
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 15, 2005
Dear Frankie will win you over in spite of your reservations.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 15, 2005
A small movie with a big soul and no easy formula for the happiness of its big-hearted characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 15, 2005
The pain that's evoked in this small, warm film -- the deep and unspoken yearning of child -- is as universal as it is heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 15, 2005
It's the lack of sentiment at the right time that proves to be the film's undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 15, 2005
Dear Frankie is a sticky ball of sap, and you shouldn't let its accent or film-festival appearances convince you otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 15, 2005
Director Shona Auerbach can't steer clear of the 10-car cliché pileup within Andrea Gibb's tear-jerking script.
| Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 14, 2005
More winning than cunning and too neat by half, but it is an undeniably sweet story, lovingly told by first-time director Shona Auerbach.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
The film works as a highlight tape for the cast and will satisfy any desire you have to be driven to the brink of tears.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 13, 2005
Sickeningly cruel or tenderly sweet. Sometimes it's one or the other; sometimes it's both at the same time. Perhaps the same statements are true of parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 11, 2005
Very sweet, but preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
April 6, 2005
"Dear Frankie," with its strong casting and confident direction, is a lasting love letter worth experiencing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
April 1, 2005
Light and predictable, but it still got to me.
Angela Baldassarre
March 31, 2005
A Scottish gem that features terrific performances and a tight, emotional script.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 25, 2005
There is no unnecessary dialogue, and Auerbach encourages us to listen closely and to study the situation. We are required to learn truths slowly, at the same pace as the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2005
Gives us a spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down. Depending on your tolerance, it just may go down a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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