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Unfinished Song Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2013
The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of "Unfinished Song" forgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 4, 2013
Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 4, 2013
The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 4, 2013
Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
July 3, 2013
Such predictable ingredients get stale all too quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2013
[A] modest, tear-jerking charmer ... Just don't expect too much more than what shows on its paint-by-numbers surface.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2013
Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp and those voices - their solos contain this picture like carved book-ends, vintage and lovely and still so profoundly of use.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
June 27, 2013
Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave would be captivating reading the nutrition label on a bag of crisps, so it's no surprise that they elevate "Unfinished Song"...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
It's worth a watch, if just for Stamp's complex performance. Just don't forget to bring some tissues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2013
[A] sappy drama.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 27, 2013
Blends the premise of TV's Glee with liberal splashes of recent older-skewing audience pleasers Quartet and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in predictable fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 27, 2013
[Stamp] and Vanessa Redgrave, as well as supporting actors Christopher Eccleston and Gemma Arterton, raise "Unfinished Song," Paul Andrew Williams's entry in the golden age genre, from mawkish to genuinely heartwarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2013
Get out your handkerchiefs for an unabashed tearjerker that has some surprisingly potent moments. Buried in all the shameless sentiment is a touching family story, and good performances from veterans Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2013
When it's over you may notice red marks on your throat, so determined is "Unfinished Song" to strangle the audience into emotional submission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2013
It's all very predictable - including the competition the group enters, the tragedies along the way, and the final big-hugs-all-around ending.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 21, 2013
The director, Paul Andrew Williams, at least had the good sense to cast Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave as his leads. Who can possibly look away from those two whenever they're on screen?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 21, 2013
Williams fills his screenplay with nails that he can then hammer for the rest of the running time, so whether it's dying wife/mum/grandma or strained father-son relations that bring you to tears, the movie keeps pummeling you until you produce them.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 20, 2013
It may be hokum, but it gets to you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 20, 2013
The movie works mostly because of the artistry of its stellar cast and heartfelt script by writer-director Paul Andrew Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 20, 2013
[It] doesn't earn its sentimentalism; instead it rolls through a series of cliched life lessons that never come close to exploring the film's emotional territory with any depth or commitment.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 20, 2013
Stamp could not be better as a man set emotionally adrift when he loses the love of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 20, 2013
In the film, a comment is made about the power of a voice being not in technique but in the journey it took to get there. Stamp and Redgrave and living embodiments of that philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
Thank goodness, at least, for the sterling cast. In fact, you won't find a better example of the ways in which craft and talent can elevate even the most rote material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 20, 2013
For all its sporadic flashes of insight, Unfinished Song is built around the assumption that there's nothing funnier than old timers throwing devil horns, doing the robot, or performing a rousing rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2013
A movie so geared toward hitting its spots, it amounts to emotional Muzak rather than something truly played live.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 19, 2013
In the end, director Paul Andrew Williams fails to resist sentimentality, but classy acting and distinguished production values never sink to the level of soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
Williams uses a sledgehammer to drive [his] message home, but the velvet touch of his cast (particularly Redgrave) almost salvages this.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
June 18, 2013
It may be the equivalent of NBA stars tossing crumpled paper into a wastebasket, but you're no less compelled to watch old pros go through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 20, 2013
Even though we know where the film's going, it still manages to give the tear-ducts a workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5