Inventing the Abbotts
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

The lives of two closely linked, small town Illinois families dangerously intersect in this domestic drama set in the 1950s, based on a short story by Sue Miller and directed by Pat O'Connor. Though they are from the wrong side of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
Variety

Cast of newcomers is appealing, but this small-town melodrama is so old-fashioned and out-of-touch with contemporary youth that it feels as if it were made the same time that its story is set, in 1957.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers an inventive and engaging exploration of emotional intelligence.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

In the end, it adds up to nothing more than a humorless, forgettable nostalgia piece with carefully re-created costumes and settings from the Eisenhower years.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

It is rare to find a film that treats teenagers and young adults as real people who think for themselves, and own up to their mistakes

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

If looked at in the right perspective, as a soap and not as the serious drama it pretends to be, this is quite diverting, if emotionally hollow, melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Love no matter what. Good Film! I found this to be a sweet and emotional film. The story takes you back in time, and brilliantly captures the attitudes and… More
Curtis Lilly
Joaquin Phoenix and Liv Tyler play excellent children.
Nicki Marie
I can remember watching this one a few years back and really being not impressed. However, I really couldn't remember a lot about it, so when I saw this as… More
jay nixon
Some good acting but too slow paced to really be involving. Crudup's character is an absolute slimeball so it's hard to care anything for him.
Anthony Lawrie
Not a bad film, not really my cuppa tea but I kept watching so it can?t be that bad I guess!
Quinto Wallight
Sweet and nicely performed; doesn't run as deep as it think it does but there are more elements compensating for that. I actually didn't enjoy the… More