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A single mother of a teenager with severe autism has to reckon with her daughter's future.

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Critic Reviews for Fly Away

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

  • Janet Grillo's modestly produced feature breaks no new ground in depicting those who live with autism -- both the afflicted and their loved ones.

    April 22, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Suffers from a generic sterility we've come to associate with made-for-TV movies.

    April 17, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A well-meant drama that never transcends its earnest aims, Janet Grillo's feature debut is notable mostly for an heroic turn from lead Beth Broderick.

    April 15, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.

    April 15, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • A showcase for Beth Broderick as the mom, Greg Germann as a charming neighbor who flirts with her and a fully immersed Ashley Rickards as the tantrum-prone teen, who appears to be on the intellectual plane of a 2-year-old.

    April 15, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.

    April 14, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fly Away

  • Mar 24, 2014
    A realistic portrayal of a mid-functioning autistic girl, and of the toll it takes on her increasingly desperate single mother. The actress who plays Mandy does a really believable job showing the difficulties of autism. The film's simplistic ending implies a solution has been found, but the problems are clearly still there. The story line was just ok, in my opinion. I have seen better dramas.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2011
    This was hard to watch at times - I really felt for the mom. I couldn't imagine how hard it must be to raise an autistic child. It shows how patient and willing to sacrifice someone has to be. I love Ashley Rickards, ever since seeing her in Awkward. It was a very eye-opening movie though.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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