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Marvin's Room Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
May 2, 2013
Great work from Dicaprio, De Niro, and especially Streep certainly make the film watchable, but it still can't save it from feeling like a TV movie of the week. If you're a fan of melodrama... and over 60, then you'll find much to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide
February 8, 2010
Keaton is given a rare opportunity here to remind us that she's not simply a fine comedienne, and she's marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2010
At times attractive, at other times dull.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2010
The performances are overwhelmed by cinematography so gorgeous and distracting it makes the drama seem like just so much wheel spinning.
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Eric Brace
Washington Post
February 8, 2010
It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad.
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Emanuel Levy
December 26, 2006
Based on a play by Scott McPherson's who died of AIDS, it's impossible to watch the well-acted film (particularly Diane Keaton, who should get an Oscar nod) without thinking of its themees: the various approaches to love and the strength of family bonds
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Streep gives her most credible blue-collar performance to date; Keaton sidesteps saintliness to mix vulnerability and small heroics.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Its an actor's/writer's movie, but, oh, what acting and writing
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Slow, depressing family drama finely acted
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
Zany and emotionally-affecting story about death, aging parents, reconciliation, and the healing power of selfless love.
Christopher Null
May 26, 2003
Family angst and reconciliation... bleargh.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Powerhouse casting and a heartbreaking history make the screen version of Marvin's Room more memorable than it otherwise would be.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
A solid, if somewhat stiff, adaptation of a terrific play.
| Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Its strength comes from vibrant, close-to-the bone acting, particularly by Diane Keaton in her Oscar-nominated role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Any movie with Meryl Streep is an occasion, but when you add Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon, you've got an embarrassment of riches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
The main strength of this film is not its message, but rather its rich characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
There is a core of substance in Marvin's Room, and persuasive acting to back it up. Which makes it a special pity that the filmmakers didn't trust viewers to have the necessary intelligence to figure that out for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
What begins as an apparently simple tale of sibling interaction reveals a complex web of pain, guilt, and uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Streep and Keaton, in their different styles, find ways to make Lee and Bessie into much more than the expression of their problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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