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John Madden

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About the Movie

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 144
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 55
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Somewhere in the translation from stage to screen, David Auburn's powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play was transformed into a goopy Gwyneth Paltrow movie. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Paltrow is pretty commanding, even if Madden pushes things toward airlessness by keeping the camera so tight. The anguish on that lovely, haggard face -- you're right there with her, yearning for the moment you both can finally breathe. – Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Few movies regard the psyche with such sober discernment. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Nov 7, 2005

Fresh: Once you get past that golden swag and curtain of hair, Paltrow's performance is devastating, cutting to the pith and marrow of parent-child relations. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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