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Dear Frankie Reviews

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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.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 15, 2005
Dear Frankie will win you over in spite of your reservations.
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
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
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
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
April 15, 2005
Director Shona Auerbach can't steer clear of the 10-car cliché pileup within Andrea Gibb's tear-jerking script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
April 11, 2005
Very sweet, but preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
April 1, 2005
Light and predictable, but it still got to me.
March 31, 2005
A Scottish gem that features terrific performances and a tight, emotional script.
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
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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