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The Oranges Reviews

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John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 9, 2012
The acting almost varnishes the fractured surface, enabling the audience to accept the film as a deeply felt, feelgood family comedy.
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
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
Rich Cline
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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
Matthew Turner
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
James Mottram
The List
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
Andy Lea
Daily Star
December 3, 2012
An enjoyable but largely forgettable comedy drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
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
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
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
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 6, 2012
... deep and dark but laugh out loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Sawin
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 4, 2012
It's a familiar story made fresh by actors who know how to make each breath matter.
| 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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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