Pieces of April Reviews

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December 6, 2004
..I can't stress enough the grace and beauty of Peter Hedges' haunting picture ..
December 3, 2004
Katie Holmes... gives her most subtle and audacious performance yet...
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.
April 15, 2004
[Katie] Holmes doesn't so much react as put on an appropriate expression.
March 17, 2004
These days, we rarely see realism portrayed so effectively on screen.
March 16, 2004
Intelligent, painful, and ultimately very moving.
March 16, 2004
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 12, 2004
Barely 80 minutes long, this is a movie with the texture of a great short story. ...a comedy -- and a sharp, smart one.
February 9, 2004
Shot off-the-cuff on drab video, Hedges' holiday-flavored morsel is tasty, if not especially filling.
February 8, 2004
Oh my gaw, what is Holmes thinking with those bangs?
February 5, 2004
Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit.
February 3, 2004
Holmes, Clarkson, and Platt steer the course through the straight and narrow and keep the film from becoming an inedible holiday leftover.
February 2, 2004
January 15, 2004
Skips along, propelled by sharp humour and performances.
January 12, 2004
The best movie about Thanksgiving in a long time, maybe ever.
January 9, 2004
I found myself weeping like a child missing his mom for days on end.
January 2, 2004
Most of the writing is effectively funny, and Clarkson's performance gives the story's dramatic undercurrent some much needed weight.
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 26, 2003
[The masterstroke is] keeping the family apart for most of the movie and using character analysis as a way of suggesting the dysfunction.
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