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Antwone Fisher Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Affecting but formulaic.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Intense but dignified.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Antwone Fisher has a confrontation with his past, and a speech to the mother who abandoned him, and a reunion with his family, that create great, heartbreaking, joyous moments.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Washington, typically, is rock-solid in front of the camera, conveying ample warmth and sympathy. Behind the camera, he's a relatively straightforward storyteller, strategic in his use of lyrical touches.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Devastating story of abuse based on real life.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals frankly, if not graphically, with severe child abuse, including sexual abuse. Characters use strong language, including the "N" word (used by African-Americans) and a gay slur. Fisher is justifiably proud of himself for not drinking, using drugs, or having promiscuous sex.

  • Families can talk about what kept Fisher strong through all of the abuse. How did he have enough of a sense of himself to resist becoming a criminal, a drug user, or an abuser? Families can also discuss the theme of forgiveness, the ability "to regard without ill will despite an offence." Why is forgiveness more important for the person doing the forgiving than for the person being forgiven? Talk about Fisher's saying that he was ashamed for being unwanted, and the importance of forgiving those who do not appreciate us as a way of appreciating ourselves.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Strong, brave, wise black characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Severe child abuse

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual situations, sexual abuse of a child

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character is proud of not using drugs