Tammy's Always Dying

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It occasionally struggles to deal effectively with its weighty themes, but Tammy's Always Dying is always anchored by Felicity Huffman's finely tuned performance.

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Every month, when the welfare money runs out, 35 year-old Catherine has to talk her self-destructive mother off the same bridge..literally. This routine has gone on for so long that it's the only thing Cathy feels she is good at. And it's Tammy's selfish way of keeping hold of her daughter. When Tammy is diagnosed with terminal cancer and the possibility of life without her becomes very real, so does Cathy's repressed desire to leave her small town. Does she stay and trust the woman who has always let her down or does she find the courage to live her own life?

Cast

Felicity Huffman
as Tammy MacDonald
Anastasia Phillips
as Catherine MacDonald
Lauren Holly
as Ilana Wiseman
Aaron Ashmore
as Reggie Seamus
Tara Nicodemo
as Linda Black
Jocelyne Zucco
as Doreen Seamus
Shelby Bain
as Pregnant Teenager
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Critic Reviews for Tammy's Always Dying

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (8)

  • The film has more success in smaller beats, when it's not hamstrung by over-the-top performances or obvious drama.

    May 4, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • "Tammy's Always Dying" is a richly observed comedy-drama. Johnson's direction is intelligent and restrained. She trusts her actors, letting us see moments develop among them.

    April 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Huffman doesn't seem fully invested here - a slur and a tilt seem to be the totality of her acting choices, resulting in a caricature most followers of Canadian indie cinema have seen before.

    April 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Competently crafted, "Tammy" is too glib to be poignant and too defeatist to be amusing.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • The main reason the film is worth a watch is the strong performances of its two leads.

    September 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ...a punchy, gritty experience that will poke and grab at your emotions in surprising and meaningful ways.

    May 19, 2020 | Rating: 17.5/20 | Full Review…

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