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Ordinary People Reviews

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February 7, 2017
'Ordinary people' is not particularly boring, it's especially exhausting and false, as well as biased. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2005
The 1980 drama hasn't aged well.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
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.
January 26, 2006
An actors' movie and an advert for therapy, extremely bitter, but handsomely directed in its elegant pretentiousness.
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
January 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
December 26, 2010
Story of emotional honesty is best for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2008
A powerfully intimate domestic drama.
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2013
A masterpiece.
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
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