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Away From Her Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… moving but unsentimental … Read full review

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

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Anyone who could read Munro’s original story and think they could make a film of it, and then make a great film, deserves a certain awe.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Munro's stark lily needed none of this gilding.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The pain of watching a spouse succumb to Alzheimer's is given a particularly deep and sensitive treatment in Away From Her.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A feature film that's often astringent on the surface, yet deeply and memorably stirring.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Melancholy Alzheimer's drama OK for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this affecting drama probably isn't too much for young teens in terms of sex, language, and violence, it does touch on adult issues such as infidelity, tackling these topics with a sense of refinement and sensitivity. Watching how Alzheimer's progresses can also be wrenching, and teens may need some guidance to process it all.

  • Families can talk about how the movie depicts Alzheimer's. Does it seem like a realistic look at the illness and how it devastates families? What about it is surprising (if anything)? And what is the movie's message about aging? Does it portray getting older in the same way that most other movies and TV shows do? How does marriage come across in the movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Allusions to infidelity as well as actual infidelity, though it's put into context. Some condescending behavior toward the sick on the part of an administrator at the assisted-living facility.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: None, save for emotional warfare.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A husband and wife have sex, but it's only hinted at. Some kissing.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly mild, except for a few surprising -- though salient -- moments when "f--k" (and a derivative, "clusterf--k") is used.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some mentions of book titles and authors.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character smokes. Wine is served during a dinner (and actually plays an important role in the plot).