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Ordinary People Reviews

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January 26, 2006
An actors' movie and an advert for therapy, extremely bitter, but handsomely directed in its elegant pretentiousness.
October 21, 2005
The 1980 drama hasn't aged well.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 23, 2004
An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 21, 2004
It works fairly on the screen, but holds none of the effectiveness of Guest's novel.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2003
Redford never has topped his directorial debut.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2003
...an uncommonly rich and rewarding cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2003
A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them.
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
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
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
March 19, 2009
| Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
June 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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