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An Unfinished Life
Two generations of a damaged family are brought together in this emotional drama. Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford) was a once successful rancher whose spread went to seed after he developed a serious drinking problem. Now on the wagon, Einar looks after what's left of his spread with his friend Mitch (Morgan Freeman), a one-time cowhand who never fully recovered after being mauled by a bear. Einar once had a son named Griffin, but he died in a car wreck while Griffin's wife, Jean (Jennifer Lopez), was driving; Einar never forgave her for the death, and he had never met the granddaughter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Call it "the Sundance effect," in which sentimental family drama blossoms amid a scenic, pastoral American landscape, with all its connotations of unspoiled purity and rejuvenation."
‑ , Time Out
"By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to Free Willy, veering dangerously close to New Age parody."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Sure, it's a glorified Hallmark movie with a great cast, but in spite of it all, An Unfinished Life struck a chord with me."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's a touching subplot about Redford's relationship with Morgan Freeman's crippled ranch-hand, and some nonsense about the capture and liberation of an enigmatic bear."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"An Unfinished Life isn't going to win any prizes for originality, yet despite the derivative feel - and some hokey melodrama - it's still a solidly entertaining film."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Hallström ropes an all-star cast into what's essentially a glossed-up TV movie."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Manages to be both moving and poignant largely because of the superb acting, cinematography and direction."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"A modern-day Western from Lasse Hallstrom which doesn't measure up to the best of the three-time Oscar-nominee's work, but is, nonetheless, a beautifully filmed panoramic production with a plot compelling enough to recommend."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"An Unfinished Life takes us on the journey from the stifling prison of resentment to the freedom and healing of reconciliation. It's a trip worth taking."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
"A wistful smalltown drama, this is predictable and pleasant, with enjoyable performances. It suffers from heavy-handed symbolism, but as an undemanding mainstream movie it has its simple pleasures."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The picture has no discernible reason for being. It's impossible to identify with characters who seem so fond of their own misery, they can't be bothered to communicate even the most basic facts about themselves."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The picture is outrageously predictable and somewhat poky, but there's also something admirably bold about the way it so adamantly demands we swallow its hokum."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"It's any director's job to tell the actors how to feel, but never a good idea to ask the same of the audience."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"There's something strangely poignant about watching Robert Redford trying to be Clint Eastwood."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"If the story seems overly familiar, it's because it's basically Heidi. Okay, so a couple of extra characters have been added and there's a great big bear instead of all that business with the wheelchair, but [it's] essentially the same."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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