To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday1996

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)



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In this emotional family drama, David's wife died two years ago, but her husband is unable to let her go. His daughter Rachel is devastated but able to cope. When David's sister-in-law shows up, she threatens to have Rachel taken away if David cannot stop being preoccupied with his loss.

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Peter Gallagher
as David Lewis
Lori New
as Blonde on the Beach
Danny Crook
as Lifeguard
Todd Haven
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

A bargian basement Ghost, a hybrid of the earnest nature of an inspirational play and the sleek calculation of a Lifetime TV movie.

December 31, 2006 | Rating: C
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The movie lurches to its sentimental conclusion via several dead-end plot ideas that are introduced but not developed.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film is cursed with clumsy staginess, exposing its roots as a play.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
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Based upon a stageplay, the plot is very straightforward and predictable, and has no strong emotional payoffs, but the drama is stuffed with the feelings and confusions of grief and some viewers may find sufficient solace in that to respond to the film's

June 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Tries too hard to make the audience cry; practically each 'emotional' moment is highlighted by the soft musical sounds of a harp and wind section.

September 11, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Michelle Pfeiffer is appropriately cast as a ghost, but this meditation on death and remembrance is curiously spiritless.

February 23, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

Some movies are harmless and well-meaning enough to be enjoyable even if they fail to be "good" movies. To Gillian is not a "good" movie by the conventional standards and did not fair well with either mainstream audiences or critics. But, I like this movie. I like the relationships and some of the issues they attempt to address. There are a few moments of truth in this film. Plus, it takes place on Nantucket Island, which makes this movie very easy to watch. The beach, the moonlight, the gentle drama. This is a harmless movie that is worthwhile, even if it's not groundbreaking.

Mark Harper
Mark Harper

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When the best thing you can say about a film is that it has beautiful location filming you know the movie's in trouble. Gooey and too precious by half.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

this movie is about a guy whose wife died and although she died two years ago, Gillian Lewis (Michelle Pfeiffer) is still very much alive for her grieving husband, David (Peter Gallagher who lives with his 16year old daughter on Nantucket island and spends time with his imaginary wife every night on the beach. His life has basically stopped and his concerned sister in law (with husband and blind date for Peter) show up for the Labor Day Weekend. this movie is touching and moving as it deals with the emotions of letting go of the past and those left behind.

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♥Robyn M♥

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