Manny & Lo
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The debut feature from writer-director Lisa Krueger stars Scarlett Johansson and Aleksa Palladino as the titular Manny and Lo, orphaned teenaged sisters who in the wake of their mother's death hit the road rather than be sent to a foster home. When Lo learns that she's pregnant, she and Manny kidnap a nurse (Mary Kay Place) to help with the delivery. Over time, the two girls and their captive grow closer, forging a strange familial bond from the most unlikely of circumstances.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its thematic scope stays rather small, and the final third of the movie seems muted and flat."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Though employing no surreal devices and remaining within a realistic convention, Krueger takes the story of two young sisters on their own and somehow makes it seem unreal, strange, outside time."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This indie feature shows a quirky, offeat sensibility by a new director, Lisa Krueger, a talent to watch."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A slow, rather simple and not terribly entertaining film."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
"An understated movie that, in turns, is funny and heart-breaking and uplifting."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A sweet little fable, a bit shy on substance but quite charming in the telling."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It's the kind of story that leaves viewers with a warm glow."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Oddball charmer about the quirky way certain people are put together just when they need each other most."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The sub-par performances and flat plot drowns the interesting relationship triangle at the base of this film."
‑ Terry Chung, Jam! Movies
"An odd, singular movie full of odd, singular moments."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"An unapologetically small but wholly original movie, warm-hearted but not precious, and possessed of a gently wacky sensibility."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"With its carefully-modulated combination of light comedy and drama, the film casts a gentle spell."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Krueger's characters aren't complex enough to sustain a feature film, and her direction is both visually and dramatically listless."
‑ Joseph McBride, Boxoffice Magazine
"Yes, it's a movie about life cycles. But it's also quirky enough that it avoids getting bogged down in a predictable reaffirmation of the nuclear family."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"Grows on you, largely because of the charm of its youngest cast member, Scarlett Johansson."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
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