Is Anybody There?
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Is Anybody There?
Boy A director John Crowley followed up that award-winning film festival favorite with this eerie yet eloquent drama concerning a young boy fascinated by death due to the fact that he lives in the hospice home for the elderly that's owned by his parents. Perhaps due to the morose surroundings in which he was raised, wide-eyed Edward (Son of Rambow star Bill Milner) possesses both an acute sense of death and an obsessive desire to find out what happens after we pass on from this life. These interests are most noticeably evident in Edward's ongoing fascination with the paranormal, an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"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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