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An Unfinished Life Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Sure, it's a glorified Hallmark movie with a great cast, but in spite of it all, An Unfinished Life struck a chord with me.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
July 16, 2007
A modern-day Western from Lasse Hallstrom which doesn't measure up to the best of the three-time Oscar-nominee's work, but is, nonetheless, a beautifully filmed panoramic production with a plot compelling enough to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 9, 2007
It's any director's job to tell the actors how to feel, but never a good idea to ask the same of the audience.
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
November 10, 2006
An Unfinished Life takes us on the journey from the stifling prison of resentment to the freedom and healing of reconciliation. It's a trip worth taking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 24, 2006
An Unfinished Life isn't going to win any prizes for originality, yet despite the derivative feel - and some hokey melodrama - it's still a solidly entertaining film.
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
June 24, 2006
A wistful smalltown drama, this is predictable and pleasant, with enjoyable performances. It suffers from heavy-handed symbolism, but as an undemanding mainstream movie it has its simple pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
June 17, 2006
If the story seems overly familiar, it's because it's basically Heidi. Okay, so a couple of extra characters have been added and there's a great big bear instead of all that business with the wheelchair, but [it's] essentially the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Director Lasse Hallström and the cast (including Morgan Freeman as Redford's hired hand and Josh Lucas as the local sheriff) respond with great work-in Redford's and Lopez's cases, their best ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Will Harris
May 12, 2006
This is a phenomenal character study of the grief of a father and the guilt of a friend. If you find it's unfolding too slowly for you, just focus on the wonderful performances by Redford and Freeman, and they'll pull you through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 7, 2006 old-fashioned tearjerker, to be sure, yet parts of it undeniably work.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 17, 2006
O roteiro sempre se sai melhor quando observa incidentes que, apesar de nada "cinematográficos", são suficientemente impactantes para seus personagens.
| Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
February 7, 2006
The sort of 'safe' drama that seems tailor-made for an endless run on the so-called 'arty' circuit ...
Mark R. Leeper
January 13, 2006
Everyone knows where the plot and its relationships are going, but we need a few warm and soft-focussed films. This is not a great film, but it is a nice one with several touching moments.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 9, 2005
Things work themselves out in a quiet, logical, satisfying way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 13, 2005
Familiar territory, but subtly and effectively covered.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
Ranks among the best movies of 2005.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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