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Ordinary People Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 4, 2015
Despite the sponginess of the content, Hutton's extraordinary film acting debut ought to assure his famous novice director a long, successful career behind the camera.
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
August 4, 2015
It would be unfair to blame Ordinary People for the culture from which it springs; and, within its limits, this is an entertaining and skillful film.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
With the skill of a practiced surgeon, Redford gradually peels away the protective layers of his characters, exposing their flaws, their darkest fears and ultimately, their innermost feelings.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 10, 2014
Under Redford's direction, even the smallest scenes practically leap off the screen.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
January 10, 2014
This is still an auspicious directorial debut that stands as one of the first films to deal intelligently with the role of therapy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
January 10, 2014
It is an extraordinary achievement in an unforgettable film.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 1, 2013
A masterpiece.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 13, 2011
Better than forever being dismissed with a huffy "I can't believe that beat Raging Bull".
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Story of emotional honesty is best for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
What Redford accomplishes is to provide an excellent portrait of how well families can hide their inner turmoil from the prying eyes of outsiders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 23, 2008
Only reaching Chekhovian heights in its dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Fully deserving of its many accolades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
February 20, 2008
A powerfully intimate domestic drama.

November 7, 2007
For an Oscar-winner it's unusually bleak but the power is very carefully controlled.
Emanuel Levy
December 23, 2006
This dissection of family mores in upscale suburbia is emotionally powerful, decidedly unsentimental, and the suitable text for the feature directorial debut of Robert Redford.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide
December 13, 2006
Robert Redford chose to adapt Judith Guest's novel as his first directorial effort, with impressive results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
The film looks austere and serious, rather as if it had been shot inside a Frigidaire, and the oppressiveness of the images tends to strangle laughter, even at the most absurd excesses of Alvin Sargent's script.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 13, 2006
A beautifully acted film about the impact of a family tragedy on those who blame themselves and others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Don Macpherson
Time Out
January 26, 2006
An actors' movie and an advert for therapy, extremely bitter, but handsomely directed in its elegant pretentiousness.
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