Critic Consensus: Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully empathetic work from writer-director Paul Weitz, Grandma is a dramedy that shouldn't have to ask you to visit.
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Critic Reviews for Grandma
A great role for a truly great talent, who just happens to be in her 70s. The movie is just under 90 minutes, but Tomlin delivers in that short time. Her wise-cracking one-liners are tempered by a real sense of loss and vulnerability.
It's a character study and morality play and bildungsroman, subtly executed and lovingly performed.
With not a wasted frame in its taut 80 minutes, this is deserving of your attention as one of the year's best movies even if it's being released in the middle of August.
Writer-director Paul Weitz turns in a generous, handcrafted piece in which everyone shines.
The movie is both hysterically funny and heartbreaking, but Weitz somehow makes you laugh without making light of serious issues.
Audience Reviews for Grandma
An okay offering from Lily Tomlin. She doesn't get much help from the script or her co-actors in this one I'm afraid.
Although the subject may be distasteful to some viewers (the film centers around a young woman and her grandmother as they scrounge around for money to get an abortion!), "Grandma" is well worth watching. The complex and nuanced issues with which this dysfunctional family grapples on their journey are often just as distasteful and imposing as the unplanned pregnancy. "Grandma" effectively depicts family, support, disappointment and love among unabashedly flawed people with their own regrets. The film conveys a human message without preachiness or idealized characters. It resonates authentically and inspires reflection, which is the real value of the movie. "Grandma" has great direction and a memorable (although not entirely unique) performance from Tomlin. As long as you're not expecting a feel-good film, "Grandma" will be worth your while.
3 generations of one family come together in a time of crisis. Tomlin channels Irene Ryan's Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies TV show and is properly ornery. A film that consciously tackles "women's troubles", but perhaps too consciously. Not bad. Not terrible. Could've used more Marcia Gay Harden.
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