Is Anybody There?
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Is Anybody There?
Set in 1980s seaside England, "Is Anybody There?" tells the story of 10-year-old Edward whose parents have turned their house into a retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward becomes increasingly obsessed with the ghosts and afterlives of the residents when they die. Edward's is a lonely existence until he meets Clarence, the latest arrival at the home, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age. Their relationship begins at odds until… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Profoundly (and some would say pleasurably) formulaic, the film possesses scant cinematic energy, relying wholly on the familiar transformation of a grumpy old man into an infectiously weepy humanist."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"[A] funny and moving drama about the mysteries of the grave."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Is Anybody There? devolves into a predictable yarn about a boy and a grandfatherly figure - but adding Michael Caine to the mix means it's still worth your while."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Even when dealing with the supernatural, Caine is never less than a realist. Yet you can still see the boy in him. And in Milner, you can certainly see the man Edward will become."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Michael Caine is always good company, but he's been saddled with the role of a slightly pitiful man whose life has been wasted... despite generally good performances the narrative arc is pretty obvious from the start."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Michael Caine raises this odd-couple comedy to highly agreeable levels."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"There's a touch of magic at play here but it is of the understated variety, delivering a finale that is unexpectedly hopeful, moving and emotionally satisfying."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"The talent and craftsmanship of "Is Anybody There?" is ample, but it remains uncertain whether there's anybody here still interested in this all-too-familiar story."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"It's a film that serves as a poignant reminder of how quickly time passes."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Like a good number of films, 'Is Anybody There?' is saved from being a routine offering by the presence of Sir Michael Caine."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"The bravura acting is unsupported by a script that's content to settle for the dramatic equivalent of English comfort food, with moments of pathos and whimsy doled out like spoonfuls of dough and treacle."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Occasionally wistful, often melancholy but always charming."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Warmly lit and beautifully acted, but cynical enough %u2013 and chock-full of enough dark humor %u2013 to avoid what might have been unbearably schmaltzy."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"Weighed down by a surrounding air of quirkiness."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Strings together a series of sitcom situations, goes for easy laughs, and wastes some very fine actors as other residents in the home."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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