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Imaginary Heroes Reviews

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Cole Smithey
July 2, 2009
Sigourney Weaver is impeccable as a distraught mother who resorts to pot to barricade her emotions in writer/director Dan Harris' diamond-sharp treatise on American family dysfunction that makes "The Ice Storm" look like a walk in the park.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
July 5, 2005
It's unusual and faintly disturbing to see Jeff Daniels play such an unlikeable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 4, 2005
Especially forceful performances make it well worth watching, even if it becomes a bit too much at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 27, 2005
Sigourney Weaver stands out as the heart of Imaginary Heroes, a depiction of a troubled suburban family.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 18, 2005
Not a great movie, by any means, but it is an always-interesting one - even when it veers off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 13, 2005
Sigourney Weaver is magnificent in Imaginary Heroes ...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
March 21, 2005
Sigourney Weaver gives a terrific performance in this impressive film.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 18, 2005
If the film had been about Weaver rather than her family, Harris might have scripted an ending that represented a risky individual choice instead of a communal retreat.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 18, 2005
...chisel away the superfluous, and there is a very fine movie here.
| Original Score: B-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 13, 2005
Has a third act that consists almost entirely of skeletons tumbling out of the closet, but Weaver's and Hirsch's flawless performances elevate the film above and beyond the ranks of 'Ordinary People' pastiches, and in the end it stands on its own merits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 11, 2005
Failed ambition is still ambition. Imaginary Heroes may overreach, but it challenges us as it does. That's heroic in any filmmaker.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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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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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
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2005
What remains when the movie is over is the memory of Sandy and Tim talking, and of a mother who loves her son, understands him, and understands herself in a wry but realistic way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
February 24, 2005
The ending leaves unanswered questions, but it offers enough substance to justify the nearly two-hour commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 14, 2005
Has a patchwork quality that can be infuriating, but it's never bland or uninteresting, and works more often than not...clearly the work of a filmmaker of promise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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