Gabrielle (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Gabrielle (2014)



Critic Consensus: Bolstered by strong, natural performances, Gabrielle's sincere look at differently abled young adults nimbly walks the line between sweet and cloying.

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The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship? Then Gabrielle's beloved and supportive sister confesses that she is going to move to India, and Gabrielle's world is truly in danger of falling apart. With stubborn courage and a real zest for life, Gabrielle prevails against all odds to win her freedom. (c) eOne

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Isabelle Vincent
as Gabrielle's mother
Marie Gignac
as Martin's mother
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Critic Reviews for Gabrielle

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

Writer-director Louise Archambault uses a free and easy camera style and mosaic-like editing to suggest how intensely Gabrielle responds to elements of everyday life.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Orange County Register
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Casting Marion-Rivard in the title role was a risk that paid off, giving the film its authenticity, also its imperfections, which are easy enough to live with.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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If "Gabrielle" is a likable crowd-pleaser, it would be much better without the extra dollop of organic honey.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
New York Times
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Frequently charming.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
AV Club
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Archambault has a rare light in Marion-Rivard, whose wide smile is infectious: When she sulks, it feels like the whole world is tumbling down.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
Village Voice
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The film drags when some scenes run long. Its sentiment is appealing, though, and its sincerity doesn't cloy.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Gabrielle

A tale of romance in a special needs group home, the difficulty of shifting family structures and dynamics, and the joy of singing. A charming movie which touches on the issues of special needs adults and their families without wallowing in those difficulties.

Michael Harbour
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