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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 award-winning documentary filmmaker Laurie Collyer. When Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) was sentenced to three years in prison on a drug-related robbery conviction at the age of 22, she had just given birth to a daughter named Alexis (Ryan Simpkins). Placed in the care of Sherry's brother, Bobby (Brad William Henke), and sister-in-law, Lynette (Bridget… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"The film itself is a collection of emotional highs and mostly lows for Gyllenhaal, who elevates it all far above the slim story."
‑ , Denver Rocky Mountain News
"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance is wonderful, diving into this character that has barely anything worth sympathizing with..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"You'd swear Maggie Gyllenhaal grew up on the streets after seeing her in this gritty indie about a recovering heroin addict trying to go straight."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Just as she did in the dark, sadomasochistic comedy "Secretary," Gyllenhaal raises her share of eyebrows here, though for a whole host of different reasons."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"It's the movie for you if you liked the pessimistic street view of Half Nelson."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
""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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Maggie Gyllenhaal is an actress you simply cannot take your eyes off of."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"A raw, startlingly honest central performance from Gyllenhaal."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Gyllenhaal shines in gritty, haunting drug drama."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"...generally manages to overcome its almost egregiously familiar sensibilities to become an entertaining (yet hopelessly uneven) piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the part with raw conviction and she is ably supported by a well-chosen cast."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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