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Ordinary People Reviews

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 21, 2005
The 1980 drama hasn't aged well.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Chauncey
November 24, 2004
It is Redford's ability to let the movie breathe...that forces the viewer to experience the film on a visceral level.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Greg Muskewitz
February 21, 2004
It works fairly on the screen, but holds none of the effectiveness of Guest's novel.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
November 5, 2003
Redford never has topped his directorial debut.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...an uncommonly rich and rewarding cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
A sensitive portrait about a young man struggling to regain equilibrium after his brother's death that helps us gain a fresh perspective on adolescence and adulthood.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 21, 2001
despite its flaws, Ordinary People is a powerful depiction of the damage done when human beings can no longer communicate with those closest to them
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 21, 2001
This is a film that will ring true many viewers. The ability of the film to touch 'ordinary' folk so strongly and honestly is the mark of a true classic.
| Original Score: 91/100
Christopher Null
August 13, 2001
Directed by Robert Redford (who won an Oscar, as did the film itself), in his dazzling directorial debut, Ordinary People is at once stuck in the late 1970s and impeccably timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
An uncomfortable film, one that leaves you aching for its characters. Expect a bit of a funk afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 19, 2009
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
June 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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