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An unflinching drama of frustrated ambition and troubled siblings, Georgia examines the relationship between a self-destructive, would-be rock singer and her sister, a successful folk musician. Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the younger, more troubled sister, a wild child with a taste for reckless behavior, from her dangerous romances to her attachments to drugs and alcohol. Hopping between low-rent clubs, Sadie struggles to make it from gig to gig, delivering rawly emotional performances that lack technical skill. Her repeated career failures drive her further into addiction, sending her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A nearly perfect movie about a nearly total screw-up."
‑ Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
"Georgia is not a simply plotted movie about descent and recovery, but a complex, deeply knowledgeable story about how alcoholism and mental illness really are family diseases."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance as the sister who lives for her turn in the spotlight electrifies this look at two very different siblings."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"not always on the mark, but certainly challenging"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Unless you're just dying to hear Velvet Underground tunes played (badly) at bar mitzvahs, I'd recommend keeping this Georgia off your mind."
‑ Christopher Null,
"An intense study of sibling rivalry set in the Seattle music world, Georgia excels at the expression of painfully unresolvable family conflicts."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Might be my favorite example of a movie that compels you toward binaristic assumptions but keeps outwitting them, with its immersed conviction in the palpable, sonic, psychological, atmospheric world that it inhabits and constructs."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A raw, heartfelt, sometimes painful showcase for Jennifer Jason Leigh's undeniable talent."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Georgia has its weaknesses, but acting is not one of them."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"A painful though sadly humorous portrait of sisterhood deftly written by Leigh's mom, Barbara Turner, and directed with just-right spareness by Ula Grosbard."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"In Grosbard's study of siblings rivalry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, as the more aggressive but less talented sister, again shows why she's the most brilliant actress of her generation."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Examines the life and struggles of a mediocre rock singer whose high aspirations cause her needless pain."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Leigh's performance is riveting."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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