The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Reviews

September 7, 2011
February 27, 2007
November 10, 2005
It makes for a nice Mother's Day card. But not enough for a complete movie.
October 20, 2005
Rarely do you have a movie in which both lead actors give Oscar-worthy performances, but Defiance, Ohio is one.
October 14, 2005
For once, a true story gets no romanticizing or needless embellishment to become a captivating movie.
October 14, 2005
An uneven but loving tribute to a remarkable woman -- who would, undoubtedly, have wished to rewrite it herself.
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.
October 14, 2005
Anderson can't do much with the inherent limitations of the hagiopic, which demands a repetitive litany of sacrifice and sanctity, with each hill and every valley designed to further enhance the landscape of inspiration.
October 14, 2005
There's not much to the film's story, but the characterization of a family's life is vivid and rich.
October 13, 2005
It has its own subversive power, as it elevates one family's struggle for working-class survival and valorizes a woman of simple faith and inner strength.