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Stories We Tell

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Sarah Polley

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About the Movie

In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of a lively, fun-loving past and the shadows just beneath. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a complex, messy, intense and deeply loving tangle of contradictions.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 129
  • Fresh: 122
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sarah Polley's remarkable Stories We Tell transcends every cliche in this confessional/investigatory genre, and it's one of the year's highlights. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Dec 31, 2013

Fresh: Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley's compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Dec 31, 2013

Fresh: Stories We Tell is not just very moving; it is an exploration of truth and fiction that will stay with you long after repeated viewings. – David Thomson, The New Republic, Jun 12, 2013

Fresh: Deeply affectionate and sometimes very moving. – Anthony Quinn, Independent (UK), Dec 31, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Another stellar offering from Sarah Polley who opens her heart and generously and compassionately offers her family the opportunity to share their special story. The relationships between family members is honest, touching, and in many different ways familiar and yet unique - as each family is. Beautifully directed - Treat yourself to this masterpiece.

Total magic

Beautiful and awesome. Beautiful for the people, their voices, faces. Awesome for the way the whole story is put together. Total magic, thanks!

A must watch

Brilliant and touching - Thank you Sarah Polley for such an insightful and provoking documentary

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