Hillbilly Elegy

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, 25% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • With the form of an awards-season hopeful but the soul of a bland melodrama, Hillbilly Elegy strands some very fine actors in the not-so-deep South.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Suffice to say, unless you're a silly billy, you'll see through the pantomime. This fight ain't fair; it's been rigged.
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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    The film is like a package of assorted chicken parts that can't be assembled back into something approximating the shape of an actual animal - there's way too much of some stuff, while certain essentials are missing entirely.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    Here's a rare example of a Netflix prestige film that neither runs too long nor overstays its welcome.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    These would theoretically be juicy roles for Adams and Close, but even with those stars letting loose, the conversations about broader cultural and economic challenges that the book triggered get obscured by what feels more like a Lifetime movie.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Hillbilly Elegy isn't as terrible as the trailers make it look, but as an enterprise it's just all-around sad, a movie that courts sympathy for its characters yet ends up only as a requiem for itself.
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    A.O. ScottNew York Times
    The best thing I can say about this movie is also the most damning, given Mamaw's proud indifference to anyone's good opinion of her. It's respectable.
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    Peter CanaveseCelluloid Dreams
    A generic, dull-witted drama of family dysfunction, addiction and shame that only pays lip service to the sociological import that made the book such a hotly discussed topic.
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    Frank WilkinsReel Reviews
    For a film so hell-bent on portraying the importance of strong women, they sure do feel like a bunch of screw ups who make one poor decision after another
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    A decent offering that purposefully doesn't delve into ideology and instead focuses on the tale of coming to grips with one's past (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, Drugs, etc. - also Available)
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    Alex McPhersonCultured Vultures
    Ultimately, when you strip away the acting talent and the real people the story documents, viewers are left with a film that, sadly, sets itself apart for the wrong reasons entirely.
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