Ordinary Love

critic Reviews

93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score93%
  • Led by strong performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, Ordinary Love wrings heartrending drama out of one couple's medical travails.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robert LevinNewsday
    An engaging and well-acted drama that finds catharsis and hope in a terrible personal ordeal.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Despite strong performances by Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, the domestic drama offers little beyond recounting the steps of diagnosis and treatment.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Johanna SchnellerGlobe and Mail
    But here's the thing: Joan and Tom do come back from it. The couples who stay together figure out how to do that. Ordinary Love is an argument that, as hard as that is, it's worth it.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    It's a bit like having a front row seat at being human.
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    Elizabeth MontgomeryArizona Republic
    "Ordinary Love" is not a movie solely about cancer. It is a raw, on-screen adaptation of what hundreds of couples experience when their limits are tested - physically, mentally and romantically.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David EhrlichindieWire
    The film is too in denial of that tension to make anything meaningful from it. Still, there's something to be said for a movie that shines a light into matters of the heart without having to break yours completely.
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    Kimberley JonesAustin Chronicle
    There are other strains at artistic-ness like this - a series of rooms revisited when they are empty, a goldfish that exists so that it may die, a dream sequence that seems to switch from first-person to third-person perspective.
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    Bob BloomJournal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    The film's villain is not so much the cancer, but the insidious havoc it wreaks on relationships and the mortality of existence.
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    Brian OrndorfBlu-ray.com
    It's heartbreaking, but never calculating, paying close attention to character as it paints a larger portrait of health care and partnership.
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    Nate AdamsThe Only Critic
    Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville elevate this weepie cancer drama.
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