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Pieces of April Reviews

June 24, 2006
Laughter and poignancy go hand in hand in this DV debut whose comedy that may be standard, but never ceases to deliver sharp, dark laughs.
August 7, 2004
Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.
February 5, 2004
Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit.
November 14, 2003
It's in the cross-cutting between April's disaster-prone preparations and her family's turbulent journey that Hedges's movie finds its lively and likeable rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2003
This is one of those quietly wonderful films that really deserves an audience.
November 7, 2003
The film more than earns its heartwarming finale by virtue of the skilled performances of the leads.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2003
It looks like what it is: a movie shot quickly, with digital cameras and on the cheap, but with enough talent on screen to keep the audience engaged.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2003
A charmer of mild surprises, heartfelt laughs and genuine humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 31, 2003
Deftly captures the pressures that accompany holiday gatherings.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2003
The film grows on you, thanks to strong characters and the shrewd observational humor of writer-director Peter Hedges.
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 31, 2003
A near-perfect holiday film about families and imperfection.
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 31, 2003
While pleasant enough, Pieces is more a sweet snack than a feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2003
A movie that goes a long way toward proving that we all really can get along and that it's possible for a director to put a lump in our throats without making us feel like saps.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 31, 2003
Too rare pleasure: an honest and sentimental journey.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2003
Few films manage to be this light and hopeful without being drop-dead dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 30, 2003
Seamless blend of over-the-top farce with sincere drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2003
The film grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2003
Avoids sentimentality at every turn and truly earns both its laughs and its tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 24, 2003
Despite its flaws, Pieces of April has a lot of joy and quirkiness; it's well-intentioned in its screwy way, with flashes of human insight, and actors who can take a moment and make it glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2003
A shell game that replaces the comedy of observation it sets out to be with glib one-liners, shallow characterizations, and a sweet but naive vision of racial harmony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2003
Pieces of April belongs, wholly and completely, to Clarkson, who delivers Joy's mordant asides and withering observations with a flawless balance of tartness and vulnerability.
October 24, 2003
This film explores what low-budget films do best: the quirkiness of character, and slightly off-kilter comedy.
October 24, 2003
We leave grateful that the filmmaker has taken the time to bring out not only the best in his characters, but also the best in us.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2003
For a movie about community and forgiveness, family and grace, Pieces of April is refreshingly unsappy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2003
Clarkson alone makes April a feast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2003
Hedges peppers it with enough wonderful moments that you can't help warming up to it.
October 17, 2003
Economically paced and emotionally satisfying, Pieces of April is a good example of what small independent movies can do.
October 17, 2003
Hedges has crafted a warmhearted holiday film that stands as a small classic in its bittersweet illustration of the unbreakable bond of family.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2003
A delightful, funny surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2003
[An] intelligent and touching farce.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2003
Funny-sober, high-brow situation comedy, about family, holidays and the perils of uncooked poultry, unpaid utility bills.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2003
An especially warm comedy with a hidden heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2003
The setup is appealingly small-scale, yet the film's tone is one of fake intimacy -- shtick parading as quirky truth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 16, 2003
The ending of Pieces of April is conventional, but satisfying, and there's enough delightful weirdness up to the final moments that it's hard to fault Hedges for taking the easy way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2003
A gluttonous buffet of Sundance clichés, with an acid-reflux aftertaste of condescension and unexamined racism.
October 9, 2003
A playful comedy laced with heartbreak.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2003
A Thanksgiving family reunion comedy that sparkles with acerbic wit, original characters and genuine heart.
January 30, 2003
It's juiced with recognizable family trauma and garnished with a quirky sensibility -- it's the portrait of a group of people we come to care about.