Critic Consensus: Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully empathetic work from writer-director Paul Weitz, Grandma is a dramedy that shouldn't have to ask you to visit.
Watch it now
as Elle Reid
as Elle's Young Neighbor
as Protester's Child
as Boy in Car
as Nurse Tracey
as Young Man
News & Interviews for Grandma
Critic Reviews for Grandma
It's a character study and morality play and bildungsroman, subtly executed and lovingly performed.
With not a wasted frame in its taut 80 minutes, this is deserving of your attention as one of the year's best movies even if it's being released in the middle of August.
Were Oscar voters to nominate Tomlin for a Best Actress award, it would definitely cause waves. Here's hoping.
Grandma may not always know best, but it's nearly always funny and absorbing, and there are moments of emotional perspicacity to make you gulp.
Audience Reviews for Grandma
I really liked this one. Both the grandma and the grand daughter were perfect. I loved how down to earth they both were and this didn’t slide into cloying as it so easily could have.
Although the subject may be distasteful to some viewers (the film centers around a young woman and her grandmother as they scrounge around for money to get an abortion!), "Grandma" is well worth watching. The complex and nuanced issues with which this dysfunctional family grapples on their journey are often just as distasteful and imposing as the unplanned pregnancy. "Grandma" effectively depicts family, support, disappointment and love among unabashedly flawed people with their own regrets. The film conveys a human message without preachiness or idealized characters. It resonates authentically and inspires reflection, which is the real value of the movie. "Grandma" has great direction and a memorable (although not entirely unique) performance from Tomlin. As long as you're not expecting a feel-good film, "Grandma" will be worth your while.
3 generations of one family come together in a time of crisis. Tomlin channels Irene Ryan's Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies TV show and is properly ornery. A film that consciously tackles "women's troubles", but perhaps too consciously. Not bad. Not terrible. Could've used more Marcia Gay Harden.
There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.