Stories We Tell
Stories We Tell (2013)

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar (R)-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 3, 2013
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79%



Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley plays with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, crafting a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery.

Dana Stevens
Slate

If a personal memoir film by a beautiful, successful young woman from a nice Toronto family sounds to you like it can only be an excuse for self-absorbed navel-gazing, well, you must not have seen a Sarah Polley movie yet.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Sarah Polley's remarkable Stories We Tell transcends every cliche in this confessional/investigatory genre, and it's one of the year's highlights.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

What "Stories We Tell" has to offer viewers above all else, is the lesson and harsh fact that no matter how closely we hold someone in our hearts, we never really know them one hundred percent.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley's compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

Everyone has a different story. I found myself holding my breath listening to them talk. The story twists like a thriller.

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Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz

The Polleys are so charming and down-to-earth, and their pain so tangible, it's an absolute heart-breaker.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

he opposite of a courageous piece of work, Stories We Tell goes out of its way to protect every single person it touches.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Stories We Tell is not just very moving; it is an exploration of truth and fiction that will stay with you long after repeated viewings.

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Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine

What Polley unearths is a well of emotion and one of the most powerful new films I've seen in recent memory.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Stories We Tell is unique and intriguing documentary that asks what truth really is especially when looked at from different viewpoints. Polley uses very… More
Dan Schultz
A thoughtful, intimate biography concerning one's family from director/actor Sarah Polley, specifically centering around her mother and whether or not her… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Polley surprises us with the brave, unreserved way in which she exposes her family's secrets while trying to extract a meaning from her quest, even if she… More
Michael S
A deeply personally, low-key family documentary (or interrogation) from Sarah Polley that intrigues us instantly with a mystery involving a family secret; but… More
Sam Barnett
Though in my opinion it stops just short of being completely brilliant -- partly because of problems outlined within the movie itself -- Stories We Tell… More
Greg S
Actress/director Sarah Polley interviews family and friends to get their perspectives on a family secret. A heartfelt and well-told story, although the… More