An Unfinished Life Reviews

  • May 29, 2019

    A well acted and just a wonderful movie to sit back and watch

    A well acted and just a wonderful movie to sit back and watch

  • May 13, 2019

    Not entirely focused for the premise's predictably heartening goal only to find it constantly sidetracked for ideological parallelism that generally means well but decided to unconventionally swerve while surrounded by familiar setting, but it's typically satisfying with the excellent cast's efforts. (B)

    Not entirely focused for the premise's predictably heartening goal only to find it constantly sidetracked for ideological parallelism that generally means well but decided to unconventionally swerve while surrounded by familiar setting, but it's typically satisfying with the excellent cast's efforts. (B)

  • Apr 15, 2018

    i thought this was a pretty good movie

    i thought this was a pretty good movie

  • Oct 09, 2017

    This Is a Great Movie, Very Entertaining From Start to Finish... The "Bear" Thing Is a Little Silly, The Bear In Question Would of Been Immediately Euthanized After Attacking One Human Being... The "Bear" Sub-Plot is Almost Inconsequential To The Whole Story Line, So Don't Worry... The Movie Is All About Loss, Love, and Forgiveness... Lopez is Lopez, Nothing More, Nothing Less... But Redford, Freeman, Camryn Manheim, and Becca Gardner Are Simply Great... What a Great Performance By Redford... I Can't Stand HIs Phony Liberal Mouth Running, But What a Great Actor... Great Plot, Screenplay, and Performance By All Concerned...

    This Is a Great Movie, Very Entertaining From Start to Finish... The "Bear" Thing Is a Little Silly, The Bear In Question Would of Been Immediately Euthanized After Attacking One Human Being... The "Bear" Sub-Plot is Almost Inconsequential To The Whole Story Line, So Don't Worry... The Movie Is All About Loss, Love, and Forgiveness... Lopez is Lopez, Nothing More, Nothing Less... But Redford, Freeman, Camryn Manheim, and Becca Gardner Are Simply Great... What a Great Performance By Redford... I Can't Stand HIs Phony Liberal Mouth Running, But What a Great Actor... Great Plot, Screenplay, and Performance By All Concerned...

  • Sep 24, 2017

    Mary and I liked it. Had a few laughs.

    Mary and I liked it. Had a few laughs.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jul 31, 2017

    Pretty good family drama set out in rural America when a runaway daughter escapes an abusive boyfriend by returning to her small town roots. JLo does better than one might've imagined while up against Redford and Freeman, and the whole feels as involving, though restrained, as what might be a PBS effort. Worthy.

    Pretty good family drama set out in rural America when a runaway daughter escapes an abusive boyfriend by returning to her small town roots. JLo does better than one might've imagined while up against Redford and Freeman, and the whole feels as involving, though restrained, as what might be a PBS effort. Worthy.

  • Sep 10, 2016

    Decent movie, but nothing you haven't seen before. Touching at times and silly at other times (i.e. see the bear storyline)

    Decent movie, but nothing you haven't seen before. Touching at times and silly at other times (i.e. see the bear storyline)

  • Jul 04, 2016

    I thought this was a really good film. And Robert Redford is so handsome.

    I thought this was a really good film. And Robert Redford is so handsome.

  • Jan 08, 2016

    This is a typical Lasse Hallstrom movie and he delivers. Nothing original at all, but strong directing and strong acting. Hallstrom is a master of sentimental feel good family and relationship dramas. This movie has a lot in common with "Chocolat" and "The Cider House Rules"; you might even call them a trilogy of sorts. If you like those movies, you will most like this one as well. Most of the time, the success and overall rating of Hallstrom's movies comes down to its source material. Much of the success of "The Cider House Rules" is credited to the book and screenplay by John Irving, and rightly so. But Hallstrom deserve a lot of credit as well, by perfectly taking the source material from page to screen and deliver a great movie. With "An Unfinished Life", Hallstrom has done it again. Based on a popular book, Hallstrom takes this story from page to screen and deliver a movie with his own touch and clean execution. There was some debate during the production where the author of the book, Mark Spragg, withdrew his support because of too many changes in the script compared to the book. The basic story itself though, is largely intact. The loss of success of this movie though, comes down to the fact that Mark Spragg is no John Irving. John Irving is a contemporary giant in American litterature. His books will still be read 100 years from now. Mark Spragg, I am doubtful. By that, you also get to the weakness of Hallstrom. He can not elevate a movie very much beyond its source material, like some other (few) great directors can. He takes the source material as is, and makes a clean translation. Never better, never worse.

    This is a typical Lasse Hallstrom movie and he delivers. Nothing original at all, but strong directing and strong acting. Hallstrom is a master of sentimental feel good family and relationship dramas. This movie has a lot in common with "Chocolat" and "The Cider House Rules"; you might even call them a trilogy of sorts. If you like those movies, you will most like this one as well. Most of the time, the success and overall rating of Hallstrom's movies comes down to its source material. Much of the success of "The Cider House Rules" is credited to the book and screenplay by John Irving, and rightly so. But Hallstrom deserve a lot of credit as well, by perfectly taking the source material from page to screen and deliver a great movie. With "An Unfinished Life", Hallstrom has done it again. Based on a popular book, Hallstrom takes this story from page to screen and deliver a movie with his own touch and clean execution. There was some debate during the production where the author of the book, Mark Spragg, withdrew his support because of too many changes in the script compared to the book. The basic story itself though, is largely intact. The loss of success of this movie though, comes down to the fact that Mark Spragg is no John Irving. John Irving is a contemporary giant in American litterature. His books will still be read 100 years from now. Mark Spragg, I am doubtful. By that, you also get to the weakness of Hallstrom. He can not elevate a movie very much beyond its source material, like some other (few) great directors can. He takes the source material as is, and makes a clean translation. Never better, never worse.

  • Aug 15, 2015

    All the place melodramatic family jumbled mess.

    All the place melodramatic family jumbled mess.