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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Reviews

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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+
September 29, 2005
The film is mild and tentative, as if Anderson and company had inadvertently given in to the wrong sort of 1950s influence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2005
There's potential for a poignant metaphor about the sacrifices so many mothers make for their homestead, but Anderson and Moore are so busy creating a blandly perfect domestic goddess that they never stop to wonder about the human being inside.
October 3, 2005
A bit thin and uninvolving.
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 10, 2007
Defiance, Where? Female Compliance Behind and Before The Camera
October 1, 2005
The movie can be looked on for its incidental evidence of everything wrong with American capitalist obsessed ideology.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 30, 2005
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio carries no surprises in its too sweet telling of 50's family life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 2, 2005
Talk about desperate, long-suffering housewives! This poignant, syrupy domestic saga, set in the Betty Crocker '50s, borders in being infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
January 29, 2007
The script just dulls out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 28, 2005
[It's] light on conveying any real feelings of Eisenhower-era darkness the prizewinner herself might have felt during her decades of marriage to an abusive, drunken man.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 29, 2005
The only thing that stands between this woman and canonization is death.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2005
Evelyn's behavior just seems surreal, and it doesn't help that the movie never settles on a consistent tone, looking back from an ironic distance at first, then moving in for a painfully close look at the Ryans' tribulations.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2005
The alternating scenes of giddiness and violence create a sense of irreconcilable differences, both for the couple and the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
Depicts the Eisenhower years as a golden era when women had the good sense to ditch their careers and endure horrible marriages for the sake of having lots of kids.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 30, 2005
The basic, based-on-a-true-story plot -- plucky '50s homemaker provides for her family by entering jingle contests -- is pure Lifetime weepie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 30, 2005
The prize in this movie is Moore, a first-rate actress who finds layers in Evelyn that the script fails to investigate.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2005
A mixed bag of goods. A bag of goods, it definitely is, but without a consistent point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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