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A harrowing, coming-of-age story based on the best selling novel by Janet Fitch. Twelve-year-old Astrid (Alison Lohman "The Thirteenth Floor," TV's "Pasadena") shares an idyllic life with her mother Ingrid (Oscar-nominated Michelle Pfeiffer "I Am Sam," "What Lies Beneath"), a beautiful and free-spirited artist. When her mom is suddenly sent to prison for life for committing a crime of passion, Astrid is set adrift in the world. Alone to struggle to become her own person, she goes through foster home after foster home experiencing forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation and how it feels to be loved. Also starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Robin Wright Penn ("Unbreakable," "Forrest Gump"), Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain," "Chicago"), Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Noah Wyle ("Enough," TV's "ER"), Taryn Manning ("Crossroads," "Crazy/Beautiful"), Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous"), Billy Connolly ("Indecent Proposal") and produced by John Wells (TV's "The West Wing," "ER"). Pfeiffer received a SAG Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and the New York Times says this film is "...superbly acted from top to bottom...!"
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 133
- Fresh: 93
- Rotten: 40
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What should have been a guaranteed weepie is never truly moving.
Fresh: It's Lohman's poise in carrying this unwieldy story that impresses you the most at the movie's end.
Fresh: Though it flirts with bathos and pathos and the further Oprahfication of the world as we know it, it still cuts all the way down to broken bone.
Fresh: Redeemed by some fine performances, most notably by Lohman.
Beautiful, heart breaking, and overall just phenomenal. This is perhaps the only movie that has ever had me on the verge of tears. Worth the buy.
This is a really good movie that is very faithful to the book. The book is a must read!
Moving, amazing, and unique
This movie has to be one of the best films I have ever seen. It goes further than any movie like it. The retrospective tone and the moving plot captures and enraptures the viewer. I would recommend this movie in a heartbeat to anyone.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2003
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