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A former high school football star and one time college athlete, Jon has landed back in the place of his youth - Fairhaven - a small fishing village on the Massachusetts coast. Now in his mid thirties, and with the promise of younger days seemingly washed ashore, Jon's vague feelings of dissatisfaction are crystallized by a television interview with his football hero Tom Brady, who proclaims that, even after three super bowl wins, "There's got to be something more than this." (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"[A] beautifully acted, directed and edited little slice of New England life ..."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's difficult to dislike Fairhaven, because it is a promising, earnest effort."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes."
‑ Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine
"The cliché-infested script ... is long on booze-filled confessions."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"Tom O'Brien smartly stresses realistic, submerged feelings instead of overwrought dramatics in his low-key portrait of friendship and all its complications."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"With Fairhaven, O'Brien makes an understated, confident entrée into feature filmmaking, mining male relationships to poignant effect in his ... debut."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"It has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns "Fairhaven" into an inviting place to visit."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Great visuals, chemistry."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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