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What's Eating Gilbert Grape Reviews

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David Ansen
March 13, 2015
Depp is subtly winning as a man-child oblivious to his own pent-up rage. But the performance that will take your breath away is DiCaprio's.
Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A challenging look at the ups and downs of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2010
Even if you have a taste as I do for movies about dysfunctional families, you may be a little put off by the Grapes.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 19, 2009
Suggests that the true heroes are those people who day by day must tend to misfits, and do so with love, tenacity and a determination not to go terminally sour in the process.

TV Guide
June 19, 2009
It's endearingly loopy without degenerating into a carnival tent show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2009
It's as fascinating to see DiCaprio before he became a bona fide star as it is to watch Depp at the very moment he cemented his reputation for coolness.
Steve Crum
March 8, 2008
Quite wonderful character study, great acting turns by Depp and DiCaprio, among others.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
There is not much plot to speak of, but the film instead presents a moody, elegiac atmosphere of longing and desperation that is powerfully tangible ....
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2007
Hallstrom finds the right bittersweet tone for his dysfunctional family tale (and one of Hollywood's few films about obesity), marvelously acted by Johnny Depp and particularly Leonardo DiCaprio in his second outing as a retarded adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 15, 2006
Depp's sincere, subtle performance is certainly a big reason for the movie's success...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
February 11, 2006
Hallström's finally struck a chord with the Americans, though it's much the same cocktail of whimsy and worry, the eccentric and the banal, that he's been mixing all along.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
Fine performances by all, with Leonardo DiCaprio a stand out.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
One of the best dramas ever. In a small town where nothing happens, every scene is an event as Gilbert deals with life.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Particularly impressive are the sweet, weirdly idyllic tone of Mr. Hallstrom's direction and Johnny Depp's tender, disarming performance as the long-suffering Gilbert Grape.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
With an eccentric charm that falters only in a few places, the movie makes a strong statement against conformity and the franchising of America by celebrating a cast of characters and a storyline that don't fit into a mold.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Small-town drama has big moments thanks to Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis and a superb Leonardo DiCaprio.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
September 27, 2002
An overrated film. DiCaprio gives a great performance as a mentally retarded boy. It's so good, in fact, that's it's difficult to watch.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 8, 2001
A quirky study of altruism that It shows how love in a family context can be transformed and renewed again and again.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 4, 2001
As a formula movie, it is a failure. As an interesting and likeable piece of offbeat filmmaking, it's a very pleasant -- if modest -- success.
Read More | Original Score: 81/100
Christopher Null
November 23, 2001
A fantastic look at the anachronisms of small-town life and the myriad problems of coping with a go-nowhere existence.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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