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This is the review I posted at Rotten Tomatoes:

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. One reviewer simply said this was the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose. Well, I'd like to punch *him* in the nose for being such an insensitive clod. Seriously, the guy must get his thrills by pullng the wings off of flies.

This was a very intense film with some superb performances. Max von Sydow, for me, stole the film without saying a word, and that's to be expected. Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, both of whom I love and respect immensely as performers, were good but under-used; they just didn't have that much to work with. Thomas Horn was extremely loud, incredibly annoying, and that's just what he was supposed to be - and it worked very well in the telling of the story.

The movie relates she story of a young boy, brilliant but somewhat unbalanced in an Asperger's kind of way, who comes to believe that his father - a victim of the 9/11 attacks - has left a message for him somewhere in the city. In the course of his search - at one point I had flashbacks to "A Beautiful Mind" - the young man takes an emotional journey that will impact not only him and his family, but the lives of hundreds of other New Yorkers, each of whom has their own story to tell. Some of the most powerful performances in the film were the tiny vignettes by these background characters, which working as a whole left me deeply moved. While the tale was difficult to watch at times, the movie provided a satisfactory two-hanky ending, and left me wanting more (in a good way.)

It's so easy to critique movies, especially for us who do not make them. I'd love to see professional reviewers lighten up a bit, stop taking so much joy in savaging a movie just to pump up their own egos, and look for the good in films. This one has a lot to offer.

Overall Rating: 8 stars out of 10

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Feb. 9th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Some people can't distinguish between an objective evaluation and their own opinion. I saw the founder of "Aint It Cool News" in an interview once and my opinion of him is that he's one of those types of people.

Was the critic in your case anyone important?
Feb. 9th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Easily the most polarizing Academy Best Picture nominee this year. I suppose I'll see it, but not with my folks.


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