Fly Away Reviews

November 19, 2012
The performances by all involved are stellar from start to finish, and the film tackles a tough subject with all the reverence and care one would hope to see...
October 19, 2011
Fly Away's overall success is hampered by its narrow focus and relatively uneventful storyline...
April 26, 2011
A stimulating sense of realism that helps to shape a raw, compassionate portrait of life lived with the disorder, finding pauses of behavior and response that shock and enlighten.
April 22, 2011
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 17, 2011
Suffers from a generic sterility we've come to associate with made-for-TV movies.
April 15, 2011
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
A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.
April 15, 2011
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 14, 2011
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 13, 2011
An authentic tale of survival offering insight, hope and wings!
April 13, 2011
The lead performances are solid, as are the supporting actors, and Grillo is more than competent as a director. But Fly Away could have been stronger if its antiseptic visual style... had been more adventurous.
Top Critic
April 13, 2011
A gripping, life-enhancing low-budget little film about the physically and emotionally punishing struggles of a single mother raising an autistic child.
March 30, 2011
[Fly Away offers] exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.