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A waitress and her two brothers set out in search of their estranged father hoping that he will aid in saving their leukemia-stricken sibling in this road-bound family drama produced by Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball) and starring singer Mariah Carey.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A formulaic indie road drama."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The good news for Carey is that she gets to prove she's a pretty decent actress after all. The bad news, of course, is that she's done it in a movie no one has any other reason to see."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Has beautiful scenery and brief suspense, but that's not nearly enough to keep you immersed or captivated in the often contrived story or any of its poorly developed characters."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A rewarding and moving small drama with exceptionally fine performances all around."
‑ Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com
"Mariah Carey is more than just the big star in this small story. She's the warm, charismatic, deliciously down home presence that fills the screen with charm to spare, though her character lacks the attention and depth lavished upon the male protagonists."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The problem with the film is that it is depressing for no real reason."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Two brothers slowly make their way from New Mexico back to their home in Tennessee in a watery indie drama."
‑ , New York Post
"So the big question is -- how was Mariah? Surprisingly, Mrs. Cannon was the light in an otherwise morbid and boring film. She had flair, swagger and a convincing Texas accent."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"Tennessee is occasionally a chore to sit through, but it does yield some third-act rewards for patient viewers, as the characters' willingness to sacrifice for the other is suddenly brought into sharp focus."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Let's knock out the elephant in the room from the jump: Mariah Carey turns in a perfectly respectable performance."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It is a brooding, heavy story that has moments of visual beauty, but is ultimately imbued with a permanent glumness."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"As a Texas waitress, Carey is convincing -- more so than the film itself."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Too formulaic to be the sort of low-budget film that garners critical buzz or a cult audience; and too 'indie' to click with the mainstream crowd."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Serving merely formulaic find-yourself melodrama, the film coasts along lackadaisically."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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