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Me Without You Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 19, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 20, 2002
Although the film deserves some points for trying to describe the intensity of best-friendship between girls, it fails to make them interesting people.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
Feels like a late-baby-boomer family album.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
Both illuminating and dispiriting.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 30, 2002
A well-made and often lovely depiction of the mysteries of friendship.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
August 23, 2002
Goldbacher draws on an elegant visual sense and a talent for easy, seductive pacing ... but she and writing partner Laurence Coriat don't manage an equally assured narrative coinage.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 23, 2002
You can't ignore the film's pungency as a cultural document and as a heartfelt testimony to the power struggles of best mates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2002
Me Without You has a bracing truth that's refreshing after the phoniness of female-bonding pictures like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Carlozo
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2002
There is no substitute for on-screen chemistry, and when Friel pulls the strings that make Williams sink into melancholia, the reaction in Williams is as visceral as a gut punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 9, 2002
It is to Goldbacher's credit that the film, while hardly short on confrontation, never resorts to one of those melodramatic laundry-airings in which all resentments and betrayals can be traced back to a singular incident and healed with a hug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2002
Holly and Marina may not always be good for each other, but together they tell us a great deal about people who need each other -- a group that ultimately includes all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2002
Goldbacher ... is most adept at visual storytelling, capturing intimate moments with breathtaking acuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
There are several problems with the development of the narrative. Most important is the unequal allocation of audience sympathy between Marina and Holly.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 21, 2002
Offers a clear-eyed chronicle of a female friendship that is more complex and honest than anything represented in a Hollywood film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2002
A chick movie? Well, yes, but it's a whole lot cooler than that one with the Ya-Ya's in the title.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2002
Approval and ultimate happiness are weighted so clearly in Holly's favor that the game's rigging becomes tiresome. But Williams and Friel throw themselves wholeheartedly into emotional fits of competitive sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
Dark and painfully truthful.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2002
Goldbacher gives us a sense of a real friendship, strained by the need of both women to mature, and embraces the emotional messiness of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 9, 2002
Flat, but with a revelatory performance by Michelle Williams.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 5, 2002
The kind of chick flick that gives chick flicks a bad name.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 5, 2002
Psychologically savvy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 2, 2002
This film's intelligence and forthrightness about the things women sometimes do to one another ... set it head and shoulders above most contemporary movies that deal with friendships between women.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 2, 2002
It's hard to believe that a relationship like Holly and Marina's could survive the hothouse emotions of teendom, and its longevity gets more inexplicable as the characterizations turn more crassly reductive.
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
January 8, 2002
Offers much to enjoy ... and a lot to mull over in terms of love, loyalty and the nature of staying friends.