The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom

2011

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)

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An adopted 11 year old girl from the suburbs becomes convinced that country singer Dolly Parton is her biological mother, and embarks on an epic quest to seek out her true identity with her adoptive mother in hot pursuit. The year is 1976: Parton is burning up the country music charts, and imaginative pre-teen Elizabeth (Julia Stone) has just discovered that her parents aren't who they seem to be. Determined to get back to her roots, Elizabeth runs away from home, and never looks back. Meanwhile, her adoptive mother (Macha Grenon) realizes she hasn't been doing the confused girl any favors by hiding the truth, and searches desperately for Elizabeth in hopes of getting a second chance to become a real family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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An ingratiating but overly contrived Canadian coming-of-age tale.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Year My Mom Was Dolly Parton relies on a good but not great script, well-drawn characters and performances and a pleasant, fuzzy sense of a simpler time.

Mar 17, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A wonderfully low-key but engaging movie about identity.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

Unfortunately, Johns' movie is less satisfying when it comes to matters not directly pertaining to Dolly Parton.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There are a few good moments in The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom, but you have to get past a lot of distractions to appreciate them.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

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