Pieces of April Reviews

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December 7, 2007
Had Hedges gone with unknown actors, or non-professionals, it might have worked, but with recognisable faces one can never quite suspend disbelief enough to care about the characters.
February 13, 2004
A collection of indie clichs, it's about as refreshing as being slapped in the face by a five-week-old kipper.
February 5, 2004
Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit.
February 2, 2004
December 31, 2003
It does not help, either, to subject us to the nauseous mindset of Clarkson's character by shaking the camera around so much you'd think it was attached to Elvis' pelvis.
December 18, 2003
Patricia Clarkson livens things up in a supporting role, but we spend far more time with April, who has no discernable personality.
December 2, 2003
Embodies the tiresome side of independent filmmaking.
November 13, 2003
An emotionally powerful ending aside, "Pieces of April" should have been a warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving treat. Instead, it's mostly just fuzzy.
November 9, 2003
Ultimately Hedges' film, like the turkey, comes out underdone.
November 7, 2003
This year's spilled turkey tribute...provides an abundance of holiday stuffing/suffering in dispelling the dysfunctional family spirit.
November 7, 2003
October 31, 2003
Hedges never gets a bead on April, and Holmes doesn't supply the missing details.
October 31, 2003
While pleasant enough, Pieces is more a sweet snack than a feast.
October 24, 2003
'Pieces of April' was an extremely bad song (memory bouquet...ugh), so there's every reason to think the movie will be better. And it is... slightly.
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.
October 22, 2003
A Murphy's-Law Thanksgiving comedy in which both the meal and the movie have a hard time coming together.
October 21, 2003
Pieces Of April is no good and no amount of Sundance catfights for its distribution rights will convince me otherwise
October 17, 2003
A movie that's a little too determined to find sweet forgiveness in sour attitudes.
October 16, 2003
Pieces of April looks like it is charming most of those who see it, but I was irritated by its artifice.
October 16, 2003
The setup is appealingly small-scale, yet the film's tone is one of fake intimacy -- shtick parading as quirky truth.
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