Infinitely Polar Bear Reviews

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October 16, 2019
The most interesting aspect of Infinitely Polar Bear is how writer-director [Maya] Forbes brings both the perspective of her own childhood and retrospective insights as an adult and parent in the film.
July 16, 2019
The heart and sweetness at the film's center help Polar Bear subvert the expectations of the average issue-based drama.
June 28, 2019
Might have been a very different and far-inferior outcome if not for the casting of a superb Ruffalo.
March 13, 2019
I love the movie's fluidity, but a bit more narrative asymmetry might have given the story a more interesting shape.
August 14, 2018
Forbes uses the strength of her cast and story of togetherness and persevering through various family and personal struggles to give us a portrait of unique experience driven by its fantastic performances and character relationships.
January 19, 2018
A film about sacrifices, yes, but also about goodness and the unpredictability that is the human feeling. [Full review in Spanish]
December 3, 2017
Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes' lovely film shows she has moved forward.
October 17, 2017
It is the fact that Infinitely Polar Bear provides an opportunity for audiences to engage in these considerations, effortlessly, that the film will win over hearts and minds.
October 12, 2017
There are genuine pleasures to be found in the film's playfulness, but they come at the expense of what would seem an inherent gravity.
October 11, 2017
Ruffalo gives one of the most appealing performances I've seen from an actor in recent years.
June 20, 2016
Cynics may scoff at the fact that Infinitely Polar Bear glosses some of the filmmaker's darker memories, but they'll need an ice bucket handy if they intend to avoid its warmth altogether.
April 27, 2016
Accessible, entertaining and well acted.
April 11, 2016
Writer/director Maya Forbes' autobiographical fingerprints are all over Infinitely Polar Bear, a disarmingly joyful recollection of being raised by her bipolar father in the 1970s...yet the film feels universal.
April 2, 2016
Infinitely Polar Bear features an endearing turn by Mark Ruffalo and will bring a smile to your face.
January 1, 2016
Forbes' drama is very moving and has great compassion for Cameron, without turning him into some sort of saint or excusing him for his recklessness.
December 21, 2015
The performances are fine, and it's no mean feat to derive warm-hearted laughs from mental illness.
November 25, 2015
Infinitely Polar Bear is a vivid snapshot of one family surviving in a state of chaotic, affectionate imperfection - and of a time when kids "raising themselves" was seen not as neglect but as normal.
November 5, 2015
To paraphrase a politician in a campaign ad, I approve the film's message, which suggests that a chaotic but loving household is as likely as a disciplined environment to produce well-adjusted and (more important?) interesting, creative children.
August 14, 2015
Forbes dug deep into her family history for her debut as a writer-director, and "Polar Bear" is a beautiful story, warm and generous of spirit.
August 5, 2015
Only really works when all the parts fit together. I found it hard to judge until the film ended. Up till then, I waffled back and forth as to whether or not I even liked it.
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