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Anywhere But Here
As with his earlier film The Joy Luck Club (1993), Chinese director Wayne Wang tackles mother-daughter relationships in this coming of age comedy-drama. Susan Sarandon stars as Adele August, a Bay City, Wisconsin, mother who longs for a more exciting and glamorous life in Beverly Hills, California. So she leaves her husband (Ray Baker) and packs her reluctant daughter Ann (Natalie Portman) into a gold Mercedes Benz, heading for L.A. When they arrive and move into an apartment they can't really afford, it becomes clear that Ann is the mature half of the duo, while Adele, a dreamer, is not… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Portman is excellent, balancing wisdom and petulance, loyalty and imposition..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman put on an acting clinic that's a treat to watch, but, no matter how accomplished, a clinic is not a movie. They do a lot with a little, yet it's far from enough."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Solid story of independence for teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A subtle and unexpected pleasure, all nuanced performance and character detail."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"In its eagerness to give voice to the overshadowed daughter, the film never allows the mother to live."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, Sight and Sound
"As a depiction of a loving-turbulent relationship between a single mom (Susan Sarandon) and her rebellious teenage daughter (Natalie Portman), Wang's meller is nicely crafted but old-fashioned like Hollywood's weepies of yesteryear."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"You start wishing you were anywhere but here -- preferably at last year's far funnier Slums of Beverly Hills."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Director Wayne Wang has delivered a solid entertainment, particularly for women, with Anywhere But Here."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Natalie Portman is my new hero."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Inspired pairing of Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman as an outrageous mother and her more practical daughter."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The movie drops in on a crucial part of their lives, follows it for a few minutes and then jettisons to another episode. It's like watching 10 short stories."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Adele and Ann don't really seem like mother and daughter; their conflicts are more a matter of theatrical convenience than something born in the blood."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Adele and Ann are not easy screen characters to like, but they are easy to believe in -- especially in the skins of Sarandon and Portman."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"The title might very well be an appropriate description of what more impatient filmgoers may be feeling after sitting through this frustratingly mediocre dramedy."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"The movie doesn't feel authentic, it's relationships are drawn in erratic, TV movie-like strokes."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
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