Dear Frankie
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Directed by Shona Auerbach, Dear Frankie revolves around nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone) and his mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer). The mother and son duo have been on the run for as long as Frankie, who has been deaf for years, can remember. In an effort to protect Frankie from the truth -- that a psychotic father, whose physical abuse caused his hearing loss, is at the root of their constant need to move from one home to the next -- Lizzie pens a series of letters from Frankie's "father" in hopes of assuaging his curiosity. However, when Frankie becomes convinced that his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bittersweet bonbon of a drama, full of the old fashioned literary touches that a well-written letter still can deliver in the age of e-mail."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The film works as a highlight tape for the cast and will satisfy any desire you have to be driven to the brink of tears."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"With great performances, a simple story, and an original ending, it's well worth watching..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is a little gem of a film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Proves to be heartwarming despite its contrivances and phony attempts at being arty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A small movie with a big soul and no easy formula for the happiness of its big-hearted characters."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"There is no unnecessary dialogue, and Auerbach encourages us to listen closely and to study the situation. We are required to learn truths slowly, at the same pace as the characters."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A quietly told film that--by casually tossing in a surprise here and a plot twist there--builds up to an ending that carries an intense emotional impact."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"A touching little gem."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Se por alguns instantes parecia estar seguindo os passos de bons filmes similares, infelizmente acabou por render-se aos clichs e gua-com-acar."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The pain that's evoked in this small, warm film -- the deep and unspoken yearning of child -- is as universal as it is heartbreaking."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Gives us a spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down. Depending on your tolerance, it just may go down a treat."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Thanks to some wonderfully open-ended writing and acting, and Auerbach's fine attention to detail, Dear Frankie is one of those rare films that rewards repeat viewing."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The heart of the film is the very touching mother-son story."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"There's a timeless quality about 'Dear Frankie.' This touching film tugs at your hearstrings and won't let go, even after the end credits roll."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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