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Dear Frankie Reviews

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
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 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
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
March 25, 2005
A little movie, and that shouldn't be taken as a pejorative. It can be sweet without being sickening, as heart-rending as McElhone's soulful gaze.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 25, 2005
Director Auerbach and her able cast dial down the volume on the performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2005
In the insightful hands of first-time filmmaker Shona Auerbach and veteran actors who play their roles with intelligence, the movie deftly ducks the schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2005
A soft-hearted but soberly made little movie that gives sentimentality a good name.
March 11, 2005
I'm pleased to report that, within this overly familiar trope, there's plenty of room for small surprises, not the least of which are delightful, understated performances all around.
March 11, 2005
A wrenchingly sweet and beautifully acted film that keeps surprising us -- it never takes us where we think it's going, but always where we want to go.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2005
The sort of movie that deserves every heart it wins, and it will win many.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 11, 2005
For all its sentimental superficiality, Dear Frankie is emotionally affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2005
This sounds, I know, like the plot of a melodramatic tearjerker, but the filmmakers work close to the bone, finding emotional truth in hard, lonely lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2005
This wee Scottish drama takes a mawkish premise and, by playing its cards close to the vest, imbues it with quiet, careworn dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2005
An endearing, occasionally sentimental story told with depth and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 10, 2005
One false note from actors or director, and the movie would collapse under the weight of fulfilling too many wishes. But it stays afloat with grace and even charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 10, 2005
It rings true at heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2005
Both Mortimer and McElhone stitch together this carefully modulated little character piece, with McElhone shining particularly bright as Frankie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
March 7, 2005
It's a terrific film.
March 4, 2005
Auerbach has resurrected Butler's career, buried in the catacombs of a Parisian opera house, and gotten an unforgettable performance from Mortimer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 4, 2005
Unfortunately, Dear Frankie isn't content to just tug at our heartstrings. It has to yank at them, too.
March 4, 2005
It is a sweet, wonderfully acted cameo of a movie about the lengths to which a lioness will go to protect her cub.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2005
The film is soft and sticky, but it deserves a (small) audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2005
Dear Frankie's surprises are few and low-key, but the story wraps up nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
March 3, 2005
Dear Frankie is a cinematic definition of mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
March 3, 2005
Never conspicuously begs for your empathy and neither does Mortimer, who carefully metes out her character's skittish mannerisms.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2005
Unhurried, unslick and easy to hold dear.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2004
Material that might have turned to standard dysfunctional family treacle in other hands is given stirring poignancy, warmth and emotional insight.
May 19, 2004
Filled with small moments of tenderness, insight and considerable wisdom.