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The Oranges Reviews

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June 30, 2013
Although the film suffers during certain plot developments, the set-up and much of the dialogue ring true in this dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 9, 2013
It's the cast that carries a film like this, offering a strong level of acting gravitas to support a bitingly cynical script about the tawdry happenings in a suburb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 9, 2012
The acting almost varnishes the fractured surface, enabling the audience to accept the film as a deeply felt, feelgood family comedy.
December 8, 2012
The dialogue's much saltier and sharper than you expect from a drama that's essentially playing it safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2012
There's plenty of potential for jagged black humour in this suburban comedy-drama, but the filmmakers never take a single risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 6, 2012
It's no classic but diverting enough. At the very least it will most likely put your family Christmas feuds into perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2012
Engaging dysfunctional family comedy-drama with terrific performances from a superb ensemble cast, though it's not quite as edgy as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2012
An honest look into stale relationships and an ultimately optimistic view of how things can change even if they initially appear slightly ikky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2012
Beautifully acted, lovingly shot and something of a pre-Christmas treat to enjoy, one segment at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2012
With Laurie and Meester on credible form, The Oranges remains a juicy comic odyssey, pithy to its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2012
An enjoyable but largely forgettable comedy drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2012
An off-kilter script and winning turns from Laurie, Janney and Meester help disguise how much the film is hedging its bets, flirting with a darkness it never quite dares to embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2012
Less predictable than other films of its ilk, THE ORANGES proves to be a real indie charmer. It's aided by the excellent cast who all stay committed to the material even when things begin to go for Hollywood goofiness rather than gritty reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
October 6, 2012
... deep and dark but laugh out loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 5, 2012
The Oranges will more than likely be forgettable in the long run, but it isn't a bad little film and has a pretty decent message for the time you're able to remember it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 5, 2012
As a seven-year veteran of the New Jersey suburban experience, I can testify that it nails the milieu's specifics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2012
Its concerns are not the usual movie concerns, and it takes what might have been a standard plot in some unexpected directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2012
It's a familiar story made fresh by actors who know how to make each breath matter.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 4, 2012
What I liked was the movie's feel for the emotional mess and ambivalence of family ties, and its openness without hysteria to the fact that some of those ties might fray beyond repair.
October 4, 2012
When it's funny, it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet when the situation calls for groans of vicarious embarrassment, it provides them in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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