21 Grams
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Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu makes his first English-language feature with the downbeat drama 21 Grams. Set in an unnamed U.S. urban center, the film uses a nonlinear structure to piece together the intertwined lives of three very different people. Paul (Sean Penn) is a math teacher with a heart problem and a troubled marriage to British wife Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Christine (Naomi Watts) is a former drug addict who lives with her husband, Michael (Danny Huston), and her daughters. Jack (Benicio del Toro) is a born-again Christian with a wife (Melissa Leo) who has stood… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Challenges and provokes in unexpected ways."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"You won't soon forget the world that Gonzalez Inarritu creates."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Thought-provoking film not for tweens/young teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Une oeuvre d'une rare intensité dramatique qui n'a aucunement besoin de suivre un cheminement narratif classique pour susciter une vive réaction chez le spectateur"
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"The performances, by and large, outweigh the film's unnecessary metaphorical gunk."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"[An]uncommonly ambitious, superbly acted, frustratingly flawed drama."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Fascinating because of the way the story is told -- and because of the existential issues that it forces you to consider."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A highly emotional, thought provoking drama that easily lives up to the hype, 21 Grams is a film that has all of its bases covered: script, acting and direction."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The structure simply doesn't let any of the characters build an arc of growth or despair."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Quel est le poids de l'amour, de la vengeance et de la culpabilité? À vous de le découvrir."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"Establishes [Inarritu] as a major cinematic force."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"The performances, the way Inarritu deconstructs and reconstructs the narrative, the grainy, gritty feel and look, all lead to the rare sort of experience that only a truly great film can offer."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""21 Grams" commands a running discourse that runs as a constant thematic thread through all of humanity. The movie delivers life as a floating mysterious entity that we all share. It's very few films that achieve anything remotely close."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The story never grabbed me, and the jumps in narrative time seemed arbitrary, soon becoming a distressing obstacle rather than a narrative lynchpin. Not as good as it wants to be."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"... a hurricane of melodrama and implausibly accelerating crises that seem orchestrated merely to turn up the intensity. ... At 125 minutes, [it] feels more like 240."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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