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June 24, 2006
Call it "the Sundance effect," in which sentimental family drama blossoms amid a scenic, pastoral American landscape, with all its connotations of unspoiled purity and rejuvenation.
September 26, 2005
Hallström ropes an all-star cast into what's essentially a glossed-up TV movie.
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
September 23, 2005
By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to Free Willy, veering dangerously close to New Age parody.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2005
Manages to be both moving and poignant largely because of the superb acting, cinematography and direction.
September 9, 2005
The picture is outrageously predictable and somewhat poky, but there's also something admirably bold about the way it so adamantly demands we swallow its hokum.
September 9, 2005
Redford and Freeman have a relaxed rapport -- watch their expressions when Griff asks them if they're gay -- but the script keeps giving them unspeakable lines to utter.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 9, 2005
The grizzly may have mauled Mitch, but by the end, that metaphor has mauled us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
Hallström specializes in tales of pent-up longing and hesitant reconciliation, but this cinematic Hallmark card is too prettified and predictable for his reliably delicate touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2005
Redford's hellbound to remain the craggy cowboy who hides his feelings under Marlboro Man stoicism. Must he act like a River Runs Through everything?
September 9, 2005
It's the movie that feels incomplete.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2005
An Unfinished Life means well, but it's hard to give it much credit beyond that.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 9, 2005
Days of Our Lives in coveralls.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
This is certainly not a movie worth going out of your way for, but don't be surprised if you happen to come across it on cable one rainy Sunday afternoon and find yourself watching it to the end.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2005
This is the kind of movie where someone gets unreasonably upset over a broken plate and you realize that the plate is actually supposed to be a metaphor for a broken relationship -- at which point you begin to glance longingly toward the fire exits.
September 9, 2005
It's no great thing, but in their heyday as Oscar campaigners, they could have made Redford a contender.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2005
It's a good story, well told, honed just short of a distracting sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
There is never much doubt how An Unfinished Life will finish, yet it is kept dramatically and emotionally involving by the actors, who approach the characters and the story honestly and sincerely.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
Consistently entertaining and ultimately satisfying, offering Robert Redford his best role in a decade. Kids, this is why everybody used to love this guy.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 9, 2005
Excruciatingly tasteful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2005
If you've ever seen a movie, you know what's going to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2005
This film's plot mechanics become too, well, mechanical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 8, 2005
An Unfinished Life doesn't succumb to the emotional dumbing-down that has become the norm in movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2005
An inspirational family drama for the terminally uninspired.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 8, 2005
Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez star in a sentimental western that suffocates in its own predictability and watered-down psychobabble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 8, 2005
An unabashedly sudsy soap opera that overflows with warm fuzzies. It's also really well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2005
Everything about An Unfinished Life's screenplay is cliched and predictable, but the actors manage to elevate the proceedings above and beyond shameless soap.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2005
[The film] is modest and heartfelt, dealing directly with straightforward material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2005
In this careful, dot-to-dot prestige picture, everybody learns their lessons on cue, the abusive ex gets his comeuppance and the bear (played by Bart the Bear) who nearly murdered Mitch is freed from confinement by Einar and Griff.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2005
An Unfinished Life has an old-fashioned solidity about it. It can be slow at times, but the movie knows what it's doing and how to do it, thanks to director Lasse Hallstrom and his capable cast.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2005
An Unfinished Life is powerful, intriguing, thought-provoking and unforgettable.
September 7, 2005
It's awful not in an exciting, uncontrolled way but in an overly controlled, narcotized way, an imitation of too many inspirational heal-the-pain dramas that Miramax has released since the dawn of their Oscar age.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 6, 2005
Lasse Hallstrom never met a case of advanced emotional constipation he couldn't unplug in two psychobabbly hours or less.
September 6, 2005
I really did love this film, from Redford's showcase performance to the ensemble cast, to all that gorgeous scenery.
September 6, 2005
An Unfinished Life isn't original, but, for those who enjoy this sort of drama, it's an opportunity to remember how, in the right circumstances, on-screen characters can touch our hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2005
The film never realizes its dramatic potential, choosing to take predictable story paths with obvious characters.
August 22, 2005
A film is in some kind of trouble when, despite presence of an A-list cast and well-regarded director, the best thing in it is a partly digitized bear.