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Fugitive Pieces Reviews

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Andrea Gronvall
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE
July 29, 2011
Distractingly jumping back and forth in time, the film falters badly in the modern era, yet its tale is still a moving one.
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Nostalgic, deeply felt, and refreshingly astute, "Fugitive Pieces" is something of a rare bird these days%u2014a big-budget, transnational historical drama that actually justifies its scope and subject matter with more than visual opulence.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
May 29, 2009
One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 11, 2008
Fugitive Pieces delivers its own evocative poetry.
| Original Score: 3/4
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July 11, 2008
The great Serbian actor Rade Serbedzija gives Fugitive Pieces its heart.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2008
Fugitive Pieces is an often lovely work, haunting its viewer long afterward with its quiet observations on what remains with us.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2008
Tasteful, unremarkable art-house fare, rescued from complete irrelevance by Stephen Dillane's bottled-up performance as a writer scarred by the Holocaust.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
If Fugitive Pieces has a message, it is that life can heal us, if we allow it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2008
Fugitive Pieces is often quiet, lyrical, reflective and underplayed. It doesn't minimize Holocaust suffering--far from it--but it strives, often successfully, to unearth the innate good in people Anne Frank alluded to so eloquently.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
Everyone in the movie...is fabulous, and Podeswa has an ability to distill history into a few powerful images.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 15, 2008
The cast is uniformly attractive and earnest. But the romanticized image of the tortured artist is the stuff of stereotype unless it's leavened with humor, or limned in art. In Fugitive Pieces, neither element appears in sufficient quantity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2008
Sliding from past to present without an overt purpose, Jakob's story has the grand and aimless sweep of a mini-series
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 9, 2008
Sensitively adapted from the achingly sad, luminous novel by Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces is a story of unspeakable loss and how it eats at the souls of survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 9, 2008
Feels less like a redemptive survivor's story and more like a commercial for some terrific Mediterranean resort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2008
Bit by fragmented bit, it all adds up to a one-note portrait of its protagonist. Granted, that one note is a powerful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2008
This lyrical drama about memory and survivor's guilt taps a deep reservoir of emotions.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 2, 2008
A generally dull and unmemorable adaptation of Anne Michaels' extraordinary prose-poetry novel.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 2, 2008
Well acted but dramatically unyielding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 2, 2008
It's a character study in which the lead participant is the least interesting person in the movie. There's something inherently frustrating and unsatisfying about that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 2, 2008
Fugitive Pieces, however well-meaning, is still pretty much an emotionally distanced slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 2, 2008
Though much of the film's power is tamped down by the passive storytelling style, Dillane's performance as the adult Jakob is compelling, and Ayelet Zurer is beguiling as Jakob's late-in-life soul mate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2008
[A] lovely, absorbing adaptation of Anne Michaels' lauded novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Newsday
May 2, 2008
Once you adjust to the film's deliberate pace and literary rhythms, there are innumerable visual and emotional pleasures to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 2, 2008
For a tale spiked with so much torment, Fugitive Pieces feels remarkably soothing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 2, 2008
The strengths of Fugitive Pieces are its fluidity and subtlety. Emotional repression may be one of the most difficult conditions to portray honestly, and Dillane's performance of Jakob is a study in the art of creating sympathy by not asking for it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 1, 2008
In many ways, Fugitive Pieces is a beautiful film. But it's a bit too beautiful.
| Original Score: B-
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 1, 2008
Canadian filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa has given it the old college try, but in pursuit of tact and sensitivity, he has hollowed out the novel's urgency.
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Joshua Land
Time Out
April 30, 2008
Nuanced, scrupulous and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 28, 2008
The resonant film that results is not without its flaws, but it's ultimately quite absorbing.