The Friend Reviews

November 21, 2019
The Friend's power lies in the commitment of Cowperthwaite and her cast to making real human beings a bigger part of the story than the disease itself.
November 1, 2019
I don't know, given this cast, I went in expecting a comedy. What I ended up with was a tear-jerking drama that got me in my feels.
September 20, 2019
A deeply spiritual drama about the beauties and bounties of friendship.
September 16, 2019
A wise, honest and tender story about the importance and meaning of friendship, compassion and empathy.
September 16, 2019
[The Friend] features what may very well be a career-best performance for Jason Segel.
September 16, 2019
Segel has never been better. The Friend uses every inch of his everyman charm and likable charisma.
September 16, 2019
The Friend, based on a true story, is a tear-jerker that will likely make you cause a scene in the theater. Dakota Johnson gives the performance of her career.
September 14, 2019
Segel's touching performance really lifts up the film.
September 14, 2019
By the time the inevitable arrives, the viewer knows so much about these people, their problems, and their fears that giving in to tears of joy and sorrow comes effortlessly.
September 13, 2019
A trio of terrific performances help to elevate this movie. Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and especially Jason Segel deliver here, investing you in the story.
September 12, 2019
Featuring career-best work from Jason Segel, THE FRIEND is a touching tear-jerker likely not to leave a dry eye in the house.
September 12, 2019
A powerful, emotionally challenging story of love.
September 12, 2019
An absolutely heartbreaking tearjerker...
September 11, 2019
The Friend may tell its story by jumping around in time, but it's just the film the world needs right now.
September 11, 2019
The movie tells a tragically familiar story of cancer's effect on a family, and does so with honesty, care, and (surprisingly enough) joy.
September 11, 2019
It's a small-scale human story, precious few of which make it to film these days. It's also, if you're in the market for that kind of thing, an extremely effective tearjerker.
September 9, 2019
Just when you think you have had about as much cancer drama as you can stand, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's latest The Friend pivots to a different perspective.
September 9, 2019
Playing with perspective justifies the film's lofty narrative shifts. As the story reaches its natural conclusion, it proves that all the meandering was worthwhile.
September 7, 2019
While the story's ending might not transcend this family's fate, "The Friend" lets its audience believe in their future-through the tears, with each other.
September 7, 2019
This is a tasteful, respectful and thoughtful film about what it means to be a true friend in the darkest of times...