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Pieces of April 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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The quaint racial blinders are really on the eyes of the filmmaker, Peter Hedges, who shoves his characters into the narrowest of sitcom slots and seals them there.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Despite its flaws, Pieces of April has a lot of joy and quirkiness; it's well-intentioned in its screwy way, with flashes of human insight, and actors who can take a moment and make it glow.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    This warm and scruffy film may strike some as a mere period piece, but it's juiced with recognizable family trauma and garnished with a quirky sensibility -- it's the portrait of a group of people we come to care about.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Pieces of April would deserve your attention and respect even if all these colorful threads didn't come together into a luminous whole. But they do, beautifully and unaffectedly, because what's been on Mr. Hedges's mind is not just a comedy of alienation but a drama of acceptance and reconciliation.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language, some off-screen violence, medicinal marijuana and some brief but graphic nudity. Emotionally, this could be tough since it involves troubled parent/child relationships and the finality of death.

  • Families can talk about how they feel about their relationships with you and about one of the movie's great strengths -- its non-stereotyped portrayals of minorities from the terminally ill to African American and Asian characters. You could also talk about the movie's theme of memories. What are some of your favorite memories and what memories do you most want to make?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Exceptionally positive portrayal of an inter-racial romance and of non-stereotyped minority characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Off-screen violent encounter.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Unmarried couple co-habitate, some brief graphic images of nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Reference to drug dealer, social drinking.