Away From Her Reviews

  • A tremulous adaptation of acclaimed Canadian storyteller Alice Munro's much-tougher-minded short fiction about love and Alzheimer's, The Bear Came Over the Mountain.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • In a refreshingly direct, unassuming manner, Away From Her considers two great human mysteries: the persistence of love and the workings of the brain.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Rarely has love at any age been depicted so honestly on screen. For such a fully realized portrait to be created by a 28-year-old first-time director is even more remarkable.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A straightforward but engrossing drama about what love is worth when memory is gone.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • [A] superbly tacit chamber piece.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Every actress who's ever frozen her emotions with Botox should be forced to watch this film before returning to the plastic surgeon's office. It's the lines in Christie's face -- deeply etched, deeply earned -- that make her so heartbreakingly lovely.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

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

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Sarah Polley's sad, wise and simply dazzling directorial effort beams with warmth.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Upon seeing Away From Her again, I'm content with my sense memory. I'm even more pleased with how much of this fine film's nuance and detail feel fresh.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • A twilight-of-life love story, one that harshly demolishes our romantic notions of love and loyalty, then replaces them with something deeper and, finally, more consoling.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The movie, [Sarah] Polley's feature debut, is a small-scale triumph that could herald a great career.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Away From Her isn't just a portrait of Alzheimer's. For a generation that doesn't have a lot of marital role models, it's also a lyrical portrait of what it means to stick with a person for the long run. There are no easy answers.

    Paige Wiser — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Bergmanesque and beautiful, set in a wintry landscape fitfully lit by one woman's flickering awareness and one man's long-term, stubborn love, Away from Her is one of the most remarkable and moving love stories the movies have recently given us.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • It's Christie who places this powerful love story about the cruelties of aging within hailing distance of Leo McCarey's sublime Make Way for Tomorrow.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • A remarkable character study from actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who like Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton, grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A wise and tender Alzheimer's drama.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • In Away From Her, four of the best actors in the world turn material worthy of their talents into the best movie of the year so far. The result is moving the way the best-written literature can be, telling us something about ourselves.

    Richard Nilsen — Arizona Republic

  • I have seen few films in recent years as emotionally engrossing and edifying. It is not to be missed by any moviegoer professing to be looking for something different.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

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