Pieces of April
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Novelist and screenwriter Peter Hedges makes his directorial debut with the comedy drama Pieces of April. Family outcast April Burns (Katie Holmes) lives in a beat-up apartment in New York's Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby (Derek Luke). In order to spend some time with her dying mother, Joy (Patricia Clarkson), April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. She discovers that her oven is broken the morning of the big day, so she goes around her tenement building trying to find a sympathetic neighbor with a working oven. Though she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Laughter and poignancy go hand in hand in this DV debut whose comedy that may be standard, but never ceases to deliver sharp, dark laughs."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's in the cross-cutting between April's disaster-prone preparations and her family's turbulent journey that Hedges's movie finds its lively and likeable rhythm."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"April's cranberry sauce may be canned but the laughter and tears of an affecting, unsentimental coda are real."
‑ , Film4
"Had Hedges gone with unknown actors, or non-professionals, it might have worked, but with recognisable faces one can never quite suspend disbelief enough to care about the characters."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"This is one of those quietly wonderful films that really deserves an audience."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Peter Hedges sustains the idea this family's interactions have begun with bared teeth for years. If they can summon it, one comforting moment will have to do. At best, it's a ramshackle reconciliation of tough-minded emotion and well-earned laughter."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Pieces of April has its heart in the right place, and while it may not always be entirely successful, marks a promising debut for a talented filmmaker."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A delightful, charming, instant holiday classic which makes us laugh repeatedly while delivering an emotionally satisfying message about unconditional love."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The film more than earns its heartwarming finale by virtue of the skilled performances of the leads."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"An entertaining character study with the holiday theme..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Screenwriter Peter Hedges makes his directorial debut with the best entry to date in the burgeoning Thanksgiving Day-from-hell genre."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"A series of terrific performances (led by the amazing Patricia Clarkson) make this unusual Thanksgiving comedy a feast for the mind."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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