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Imaginary Heroes Reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
An ambitious, uneven directorial debut.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
Conversations, by the way, need to be laconic, cynical and postmodern. Tears take their time, if they come at all.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 11, 2005
Another U.S. independent film that turns relentlessly inward, it keeps digging into Sandy's darkly-secreted past.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 11, 2005
The only real ecstasy comes not from emotional enlightenment, but in the form of a pill at a college keg party.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 10, 2005
The morbid curiosity with which Harris pokes through their preposterously complicated affairs makes Ordinary People look like the Christmas episode of Mr. Belvedere.
| Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 9, 2005
It's not clear why this same movie is made over and over. The concept isn't exactly inspirational box office gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 8, 2005
Harris' dreary, pill-popping suburbia is only a few blocks from Peyton Place.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 4, 2005
With an eager urgency full of risk, [director] Harris piles on emotional layers and keeps winking back-stories at us.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 4, 2005
It's the kind of movie that's not meant to be seen by suburbanites. It's an arthouse special, trading in the kind of petrified caricatures that never seem to weary downtown audiences.
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
March 4, 2005
Imagine Ordinary People with half its IQ deducted.
| Original Score: C-
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
March 4, 2005
Imaginary Heroes may not show the directorial confidence of Zach Braff's remarkable Garden State or the emotional depth of A Home at the End of the World, but it's a strong character-driven story all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2005
Writer-director Dan Harris piles so many problems on top of a suburban family here that eventually both problems and characters lose impact and believability.
| Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 4, 2005
Imaginary Heroes mines the suburban tragedy of Ordinary People, The Ice Storm and American Beauty, but with only a quarter of the insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2005
The gift of Imaginary Heroes is getting to know these anything- but-ordinary people.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 3, 2005
Harris' potential appears vast, and he's already succeeding in attracting strong casts to his scripts. It will be interesting to see what a few years' more maturity and experience allow him to create.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 1, 2005
Tired dysfunctional family drama that speaks to grief and denial in unwieldy doses.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 26, 2005
Weaver, Daniels and Hirsch do the best they can with a script that makes its point quickly and then leaves them all flailing about for something -- resolution, meaning, anything -- to make their torture, and ours, worth the while.
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
February 25, 2005
Whatever kudos go to Harris for the length of his reach tend to be overshadowed by inexperience and enslavement to genre.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 25, 2005
Enlivened by some good performances, but it's ultimately overfamiliar and slow, and its characters feel like they were dreamed up by a screenwriter -- no one ever seems to breathe real air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 25, 2005
What saves Imaginary Heroes is its essential truthfulness about families, which it reveals, not only in the broad movements of its story but in the small details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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