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You Can Count On Me Reviews

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January 29, 2020
The kind of film that often gets lost in the Hollywood shuffle, You Can Count On Me is marked by great writing... and utterly believable relationships between characters.
April 10, 2018
Unusually sharp editing is the first hint that in fact it's a superior, acutely observed comedy-drama about family ties and the struggle to find a sense of purpose, even managing to work in some genuinely metaphysical intimations.
October 11, 2016
Sweet family drama has profanity and mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2011
Beautiful, compassionate, articulate.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 17, 2011
This feature debute, which gives good name to American indie cinema, is worth revisiting on DVD for the performances of Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 14, 2011
well structured without resorting to flashbacks
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2010
A score of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites befits siblings accustomed to solitude - passages of mourning and joy given life by characters with proper proportions of antagonism and affection. Unresolved yet complete, it's about replacing fear with truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 6, 2010
The lead characters are extremely well played by Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. Yet above all it is Kenneth Lonergan's writing and direction that left the biggest mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2009
Stylized showmen do Rain Man and Forrest Gump, but it takes a natural actor like Ruffalo to pull off this strange beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2009
Linney and Ruffalo's rapport is warm but raw and unsentimental, capturing the unconditional tough love dynamic that can only exist between siblings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 31, 2008
Few films have explored the complicated bonds of love and resentment between brother and sister with such delightful honesty.
May 26, 2006
A quiet, amazingly sharp character study.
January 15, 2005
Lonergan avoids the faults of many American storytellers by refusing to cast characters in a judgmental light, giving each enough dignity to be convincing and sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 13, 2004
It is a rarity to find a film willing to tell a story through an exploration of the relationship, the romance, between a brother and a sister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
March 13, 2003
You won't meet a nicer dysfunctional family all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2003
The best domestic comedy-drama in ages, a genuine American beauty without all the flash of American Beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 27, 2002
A spare [but witty] rumination on the interconnectedness of independent life and dependent family -- how we all need a place to drop anchor and exhale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 15, 2002
Unconditional love is a beautiful theory, Lonergan suggests, but putting it into practice can be exasperating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 25, 2002
...feels as natural as a conversation between two people who have known each other their whole lives. One of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 21, 2002
This film offers a literate script and is sensitively directed, it's a brilliant debut as a director for playwright Kenneth Lonergan.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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