The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Reviews

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July 11, 2016
If you don't already know that Julianne Moore is one of our greatest living actors, this underseen film will prove it to you, as she takes a potential simp... and makes her dignified and inspiring.
February 10, 2007
Defiance, Where? Female Compliance Behind and Before The Camera
January 29, 2007
The script just dulls out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 27, 2006
This Prize Winner is a winner for its smart portrayal of a resourceful woman who loved her family, loved words, and loved life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2006
Far worse films with far lesser credentials have been given much fairer shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 12, 2006
[Offers] an almost subversively idealistic subtext to a now-familiar ritual exposé of the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 13, 2006
Moore delivers one of the best performances of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 2, 2006
... in another director's hands ... might have devolved into a truly terrifying Lifetime-style screed against the oppressiveness of the masculine ego
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 10, 2005
It makes for a nice Mother's Day card. But not enough for a complete movie.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 9, 2005
...assembles an uneven but fairly inspirational package, manipulative in spots but with its heart in the right place.
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November 4, 2005
In the end, Prizewinner is surprisingly uplifting and proves to be more of a timeless, genderless feel-good story than a period chick flick.
November 1, 2005
Just a run-of-the-mill homage to motherhood lifted from the ordinary only by Moore's natural radiance, and in the end that's not quite enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 30, 2005
[W]hip[s] hardship into a nutrition-free froth of nostalgia and facile charm: it's The Wonder Years as produced by Good Housekeeping magazine.
October 20, 2005
Rarely do you have a movie in which both lead actors give Oscar-worthy performances, but Defiance, Ohio is one.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2005
But even as Prize Winner goes through these odd motions to set Evelyn's taxing context and her admirable survival, its most extraordinary moment turns surreal.
October 14, 2005
For once, a true story gets no romanticizing or needless embellishment to become a captivating movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2005
An uneven but loving tribute to a remarkable woman -- who would, undoubtedly, have wished to rewrite it herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2005
Not satire, but not serious, the movie chirps along with corny jingles and patronizingly 'feminist' winks at Evelyn's sugarcoated nightmare.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 14, 2005
What distinguishes Anderson's work is her obvious empathy with all of her characters, including Kelly Ryan, whom she does not demonize.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2005
It's a well-done autobiography, full of small but telling moments and details that add dark edges to the frame.
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