Pieces of April Reviews

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November 9, 2018
Thanksgiving just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a dysfunctional family reunion, but writer-director Peter Hedges comes up with an original take on the holiday disaster theme in the quiet gem Pieces of April.
December 20, 2017
It's interesting to see Holmes in something like this, which gives an edge to her usual cute and cloying persona.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
October 31, 2003
A charmer of mild surprises, heartfelt laughs and genuine humanity.
October 31, 2003
Deftly captures the pressures that accompany holiday gatherings.
October 31, 2003
The film grows on you, thanks to strong characters and the shrewd observational humor of writer-director Peter Hedges.
October 31, 2003
A near-perfect holiday film about families and imperfection.
October 31, 2003
While pleasant enough, Pieces is more a sweet snack than a feast.
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.
October 31, 2003
Too rare pleasure: an honest and sentimental journey.
October 30, 2003
Few films manage to be this light and hopeful without being drop-dead dumb.
October 30, 2003
Seamless blend of over-the-top farce with sincere drama.
October 24, 2003
The film grows on you.
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