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My Blueberry Nights Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

… it was just … off. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    52

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Often ponderous, sometimes pretentious and mostly clichéd, this contrived meditation on longing and loss feels like a missed opportunity.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Alternately precious and vapid, the movie attempts to wrest metaphors from a jar of house keys, and eternal verities from pastry. Slice the pie how you will, it's still half-baked.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Isn’t eye candy; it’s a drool-worthy slice of eye pie.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The director is chasing a mood here -- a mood, an atmosphere and feelings -- much as he did in "In the Mood for Love."

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Norah Jones, making her big-screen debut as a wistful wanderer, is a beautiful blank, and the fragments barely add up to a movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Sweet drama is stylish but not very memorable.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic drama, while generally dreamy in tone, takes on some heavy subjects, including adultery, betrayal, and death. Characters also swear ("f--k" pops up infrequently), smoke, drink heavily, and gamble. In one scene, a man points a gun at a woman he claims to love more than anything in the world (except for, perhaps, liquor). A drunk driver is shown slumped over the wheel after a fatal car accident. A kiss that's supposed to be tender feels a little invasive, too.

  • Families can talk about the relationships in the film. Are there any similarities among them? Any differences? Why does everyone seem so isolated? And, for that matter, why is Hollywood attracted to "seekers" like Elizabeth? Does she learn anything in the end? What lessons does she discover, and how does she apply them to her life?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A young woman who feels disconnected from her present reality goes on a road trip to find herself. She's gentle and kind but unsure of who she is; eventually, in helping others figure things out, she does, too. A moment in which a man kisses a woman while she's asleep is played for romance but comes off slightly creepy (and silly). Total dysfunction between an alcoholic man and his estranged wife, who also likes drinking. Another young woman has a dysfunctional relationship with her father, who may have inadvertently helped her develop a gambling problem. She bends the truth when it suits her agenda.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A drunk driver is shown slumped over the wheel after a fatal car accident. Bitter, searing fights -- some public, some private -- between a husband and his estranged wife. In one instance, the husband threatens her with his gun; in another, he beats her current boyfriend so badly that he needs an ambulance (not much of the actual confrontation is shown).

  • sex false0

    Sex: A man kisses a woman while she's sleeping; a wife flaunts her boyfriend in front of her estranged husband; some cleavage shots and innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: A few instances of "dick," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," and, less frequently, "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A casino/hotel name is flashed in a few scenes, highway signs, FedEx, Chrysler.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One man is clearly struggling with sobriety (he tries but continually fails), and his estranged wife is also a big drinker. One whole segment of the movie takes place largely in a bar, where Elizabeth works. Jeremy is a major smoker, and a lot of his conversations with Elizabeth (and others) take place while he's smoking out front.

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