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A talented onscreen ensemble is done no favors by The Kindness of Strangers, which searches for meaning and comes up empty. Read critic reviews

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Ordinary, disparate strangers living in New York City go about their business. Clara runs away from her violent husband with her two boys and meets four people who are also going through difficult times. Alice, a nurse on the verge of cracking, Mark, accused of a crime he did not commit, John Peter, his lawyer, and Jeff, an unambitious man, find they are all connected as their paths intertwine.

Cast & Crew

Jay Baruchel
John Peter
Lone Scherfig
Screenwriter
Mark Beilby
Executive Producer
Tyson Bidner
Executive Producer
Charles de Rosen
Executive Producer
Per Fly
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Sebastian Blenkov
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Cam McLauchlin
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (24)

  • A syrupy brew thick with twee and an abundance of cringe-inducing moments pulling at heartstrings.

    February 14, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie functions like one of those star-studded Garry Marshall ensemble movies but made terribly sad until the last few minutes, when a tacked-on happy ending arrives in time for the credits.

    February 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [D]ear lord, I've been searching high and low for something nice to say about this mess, and I have come up nearly empty.

    December 3, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie, so determined to celebrate small acts of kindness among those who have least, feels a little too calculated and emphatic - a tearjerker that doesn't quite draw tears.

    February 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A problem here is that almost all the characters are victims.

    February 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I think they've probably hit bottom with this howler, a criss-crossing ensemble piece set in New York and featuring a rogues' gallery of non-characters slowly learning to appreciate the transformative power of (sick bucket please) "forgiveness".

    February 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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