What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even if you have a taste as I do for movies about dysfunctional families, you may be a little put off by the Grapes."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Particularly impressive are the sweet, weirdly idyllic tone of Mr. Hallstrom's direction and Johnny Depp's tender, disarming performance as the long-suffering Gilbert Grape."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A challenging look at the ups and downs of family."
‑ Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
"Quite wonderful character study, great acting turns by Depp and DiCaprio, among others."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Depp's sincere, subtle performance is certainly a big reason for the movie's success..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Suggests that the true heroes are those people who day by day must tend to misfits, and do so with love, tenacity and a determination not to go terminally sour in the process."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom and his fine cast have endowed the story with a good deal of behavioral truth and unstressed comedy."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It's endearingly loopy without degenerating into a carnival tent show."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There is not much plot to speak of, but the film instead presents a moody, elegiac atmosphere of longing and desperation that is powerfully tangible ...."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Fine performances by all, with Leonardo DiCaprio a stand out."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Hallström's finally struck a chord with the Americans, though it's much the same cocktail of whimsy and worry, the eccentric and the banal, that he's been mixing all along."
‑ , Time Out
"Director Lasse Halstrom and cinematographer Sven Nykvist do their best to disguise the predictability with their own grace notes. But all the music in the world can't hide a tone this false."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's as fascinating to see DiCaprio before he became a bona fide star as it is to watch Depp at the very moment he cemented his reputation for coolness."
‑ , Film4
"Hallstrom finds the right bittersweet tone for his dysfunctional family tale (and one of Hollywood's few films about obesity), marvelously acted by Johnny Depp and particularly Leonardo DiCaprio in his second outing as a retarded adolescent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the best dramas ever. In a small town where nothing happens, every scene is an event as Gilbert deals with life."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
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