Main Street (2011)




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Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today's challenging times, each of the colorful citizens of this close-knit North Carolina community, will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood. -- (C) Official Site
PG (for mild thematic elements, brief language and smoking)
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Ellen Burstyn
as Georgiana Carr
Colin Firth
as Gus Leroy
Patricia Clarkson
as Willa Jenkins
Orlando Bloom
as Harris Parker
Amber Tamblyn
as Mary Saunders
Andrew McCarthy
as Howard Mercer
Tom Wopat
as Frank
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

With diorama staging and repetitive medium and long shots, stage director turned moviemaker John Doyle creates rigor mortis on film.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's not groundbreaking, but it's pleasant enough.

October 20, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Like a small firecracker that turns out to be a dead as the city it depicts..Durham ought to sue for libel.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Hollywood & Fine

Main Street is an ensemble drama that functions as a display case for a range of regional drawls, from the authentic to absurd.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011

There's something interesting here at the core of the conflict, but the story is offered so little room to breathe, coming across rushed and undercooked.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011

This disappointingly suffers from some uninspired direction and a clutch of odd casting choices, which never work.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

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The film took me by surprise. From the trailer, I wasn't expecting much. However, after watching the film, I was pleasantly surprised by it. It is really good. I don't understand why it didn't get more publicity when it came out. The film kind of, in a weird way, reminded me of the movie Magnolia. I felt like I have seen this type of film before. It is well directed and great dialog in it. The film is well casted and everyone shines. I definitely recommend this film.

Sol C
Sol C

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With a cast like the one this film has and a script based on a Horton Foote story it should have much better than the dull pointless mess that this one is.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Great cast....not so great script. I kept waiting for the meaning of it all. It never came. What a waste of some great talents. Not terrible, but definitely forgettable.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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