Sherrybaby (2006)

An emotionally stunted ex-convict whose recent release from prison finds her attempting to form a relationship with her young daughter finds that redemption doesn't come easy in this emotional family drama, the feature debut of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers riveting performance as a recovering drug addict in a depressing and not entirely believable movie.

Denver Rocky Mountain News

The film itself is a collection of emotional highs and mostly lows for Gyllenhaal, who elevates it all far above the slim story.

Andrew O'Hehir

The wonder of Sherrybaby is that we can admire Sherry's exuberance and evident love of life -- and the extraordinary actress who portrays her -- without really being sure where she's going.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance is wonderful, diving into this character that has barely anything worth sympathizing with...

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

It's the movie for you if you liked the pessimistic street view of Half Nelson.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Like its hyped-up heroine, Sherrybaby, based on a true story, explodes with manic energy that keeps you riveted through parts that might otherwise be difficult to watch.

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Cole Smithey

"Sherrybaby" is an insightful and penetrating drama that never condescends or sentimentalizes its subject. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a tour de force performance that is not to be missed.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

As an actress, Ms. Gyllenhaal seems to steer clear of any parts that seek to exploit an audience's weakness for conventionally happy endings. Her films are therefore always worth seeing.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Gyllenhaal shines in gritty, haunting drug drama.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...generally manages to overcome its almost egregiously familiar sensibilities to become an entertaining (yet hopelessly uneven) piece of work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Recently released from prison, a woman tries to reclaim her place as a mother while still hankering for the drugs that put her behind bars. Maggie Gyllenhaal is… More
Lady D'arbanville
Unexpectedly, a great watch! A role for Maggie Gyllenhaal that demands her acting abilities to be taken seriously. The story doesn't appear in a… More
Manu Gino
No one makes it alone. Good movie! Maggie Gyllenhaal really carried this film on a very uncomfortable film to watch. The story was very good but difficult to… More
Megan S
It was okay. It was nothing special really and I lost interest near the end and then all of a sudden it was over.
Chris Weber
This is about a woman named Sherry who has just been released from prison. She's a recovering addict, emotionally troubled, and it is hinted at that… More
Stefanie C
while not the most uplifting or affirmative film, maggie gyllehaal's acting is seemingly dead-on. uncomfortable at time to watch due to subject matter.