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Dear Frankie Reviews

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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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 11, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
March 3, 2005
Dear Frankie is a cinematic definition of mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 3, 2005
The movie's glib trafficking in illness, death and pinched little faces to jury-rig our emotional responses ... lost me at hello.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 4, 2005
The film is soft and sticky, but it deserves a (small) audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 4, 2005
It poses itself as a feel-good movie. As a result, it ignores the weight its own crimes and therefore feels utterly clueless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
March 3, 2005
Sometimes no amount of good acting can make a film hold your interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 8, 2005
Se por alguns instantes parecia estar seguindo os passos de bons filmes similares, infelizmente acabou por render-se aos clichês e à água-com-açúcar.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 8, 2005
Proves to be heartwarming despite its contrivances and phony attempts at being arty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 3, 2005
A fraudulent yarn riddled with plot holes and improbabilities and topped by a cynical final twist that pulls the rug out from under the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2005
Unfortunately, Dear Frankie isn't content to just tug at our heartstrings. It has to yank at them, too.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 9, 2005
A Scottish weepie of such bathos and balderdash that it deserves a drinking game in its rotten honor: Bend an elbow every time you've underestimated how low screenwriter Andrea Gibb and director Shona Auerbach will go to wring a tear.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Sean O'Connell
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 11, 2005
Very sweet, but preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
March 10, 2005
The premise ... is enough to make the wary reach for the insulin.
Timothy Knight
March 4, 2005
A film that will lose nothing on the small screen. Unless you need a big-screen dose of sentiment with a Scottish accent, wait for the DVD.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 10, 2005
Dear Frankie never quite overcomes its narrative flaws, however well intentioned they might be.
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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 17, 2005
Mortimer, McElhone, and Butler each bring sensitivity and likability to their roles, but they've an uphill battle personifying characters who are, respectively, a clairvoyant, a fantasist, and a fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 3, 2005
Well acted, capably directed, not as substantial as it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 3, 2005
The pat emotions contradict the lazily inconclusive life-goes-on ending, and the moral seems to be that kids just want to be lied to.
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
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