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An Unfinished Life Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
October 26, 2005
An Unfinished Life is an affecting demonstration of the enormous impact forgiveness can have on oneself and others.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 17, 2005
The long delayed project ... churns out more cheese than a Wisconsin dairy, especially in the final reel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 15, 2005
The story is cluttered with bears, abusive boyfriends, tragic loss and plenty of other extraneous detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
Ranks among the best movies of 2005.
| Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 6, 2005
A tense but ultimately corny family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Highly satisfying work.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 30, 2005
An Unfinished Life is a star vehicle, but one that successfully downplays celebrity.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 26, 2005
This is a wonderful 'small' film that doesn't have the box office panache of a big budget hit, but could wind up one of the year's best sleepers.
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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 26, 2005
Nothing new under the Wyoming sun, but An Unfinished Life remains a decent melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Hallström ropes an all-star cast into what's essentially a glossed-up TV movie.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 24, 2005
The picture has no discernible reason for being. It's impossible to identify with characters who seem so fond of their own misery, they can't be bothered to communicate even the most basic facts about themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
September 24, 2005
J-Lo, reminds us why she got to be famous in the first place.
| Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
September 24, 2005
A sedentary, well-acted, but awfully familiar-feeling Lasse Hallström drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2005
By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to Free Willy, veering dangerously close to New Age parody.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 22, 2005
The film travels pretty much to exactly where you expect it to go. But sometimes that's what you want.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
September 21, 2005
An oddball blend of Western and soap opera.
Full Review| Original Score: B -
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 20, 2005
Speaks clear and forlorn to how a company that backed Pulp Fiction could one day also back Cold Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 19, 2005
Redford... is a comfortable fit for this setting. So is Freeman, even if he's relegated to his usual role as the wise voice in the ear of the grizzled white guy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
September 18, 2005
It's the kind of movie that you can't fault too terribly much, primarily because its heart seems to be in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 17, 2005
[T]his is a movie to curl up with on a chilly winter's night; this is the movie equivalent of a mug of hot cocoa...
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