This movie gets 4 Icees out of 5. Sometimes I just don’t get the critics. This movie is being killed by them on RottenTomatoes. Right now it shows only a 14% “fresh” rating there, and it’s crazy. I see that they say that this movie tried to be an uplifting Christmas movie. I don’t think that at all. It happened around Christmas and it came out at Christmas, but this is NOT a “Christmas movie” and I don’t believe it tried to be. They trash it because it “tries to be uplifting”. No it doesn’t… not at all. It tells a story, and tells it well.
This is a moving, sometimes powerful, always spot on movie about loss, moving on, and dealing with grief. The performances have been trashed because (as one critic put it) Kate Winslett and Edward Norton looked “painted and tired”. Good!!! That’s exactly what these characters were feeling. They weren’t feeling beautiful or joyous. They were distraught, and they showed their emotions. There’s nothing wrong with that.
If you want a movie that will move you some this is one to see. If you’re an emotional person prone to tears, have the Kleenex handy because you’re going to need it. Go to this movie because you want to see good actors giving a good performance, especially Will Smith and Keira Knightley. There are a couple of inconsistencies you will find, and it’s not Oscar-worthy, but it is a darn good movie and worth seeing.