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For all its state-of-the-art special effects, Always is essentially a remake of the 1943 Spencer Tracy-Irene Dunne fantasy vehicle A Guy Named Joe--minus the wartime context. Richard Dreyfuss stars as a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Dreyfuss is introduced to businesslike angel Audrey Hepburn (playing the equivalent of the Lionel Barrymore role in A Guy Named Joe). Hepburn instructs the spectral Dreyfuss to pass on his aviation knowhow to his young successor, Brad Johnson. Our ghostly hero also smoothes the course of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Although Always is filled with big, sentimental moments, it lacks the intimacy to make any of this very moving."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"For all its Spielbergian action and production values, the film is painfully sappy and wastes its A-list cast by saddling them with a hamfisted script."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A light, enjoyable piece of fluff with spectacular flying scenes and a dramatically flat story."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Spielberg sets his whimsical romance ray for stun ... and comes up with a solid double off the wall."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The result is a curiosity: a remake that wasn't remade enough."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Whimsical and affecting enough, but certainly a lesser Spielberg film."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Always may be starry-eyed romantic claptrap, but by God, would that all starry-eyed romantic claptrap were so well done."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"A rousing adventure story, a romantic comedy, and an affecting afterlife fantasy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An unfulfilled promise, a plummeting dove."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Boring supernatural romance. Tedius and obvious. Wait until the following year's Ghost."
‑ Fred Topel,
"A touching, beautifully short romance"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The story, which was set during World War II in the original film, has been updated and placed in modern times. And that's part of the problem."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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