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

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Reviews

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 10, 2007
Defiance, Where? Female Compliance Behind and Before The Camera
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 29, 2007
The script just dulls out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 21, 2006
Far worse films with far lesser credentials have been given much fairer shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
April 12, 2006
[Offers] an almost subversively idealistic subtext to a now-familiar ritual exposé of the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pete Croatto
March 13, 2006
Moore delivers one of the best performances of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
| Original Score: C+
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 10, 2005
It makes for a nice Mother's Day card. But not enough for a complete movie.
| Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
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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Mike Ward
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 20, 2005
Rarely do you have a movie in which both lead actors give Oscar-worthy performances, but Defiance, Ohio is one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
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.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 14, 2005
Not satire, but not serious, the movie chirps along with corny jingles and patronizingly 'feminist' winks at Evelyn's sugarcoated nightmare.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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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