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You Can Count On Me
Two siblings, orphaned at an early age, have grown apart as adults. Sammy, the older of the two, has stayed in the small town of their childhood. A single mother, she works in the local bank and leads a steadfast moral life with her young son. Terry, her younger brother whom she helped raise, has become a self-destructive roamer with a taste for the wilder side of life. When Terry comes for a visit, his mere presence begins to crack the veneer of Sammy's well-ordered existence. Each is uneasy with the person the other one has become; the one tangible thing that keeps them together is the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The key to Lonergan's success? He has faith in the intelligence of his audience. It's that simple -- and encouraging."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The characters in You Can Count on Me have been freed from the formulas of fiction and set loose to live lives where they screw up, learn from their mistakes and bumble hopefully into the future."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A score of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites befits siblings accustomed to solitude - passages of mourning and joy given life by characters with proper proportions of antagonism and affection. Unresolved yet complete, it's about replacing fear with truth."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Linney and Ruffalo's rapport is warm but raw and unsentimental, capturing the unconditional tough love dynamic that can only exist between siblings."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It is a rarity to find a film willing to tell a story through an exploration of the relationship, the romance, between a brother and a sister."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"I never thought I would say this, but I am starting to think that Laura Linney may, in fact, be a very good actress."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This feature debute, which gives good name to American indie cinema, is worth revisiting on DVD for the performances of Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The lead characters are extremely well played by Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. Yet above all it is Kenneth Lonergan's writing and direction that left the biggest mark."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A quiet, amazingly sharp character study."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"You won't meet a nicer dysfunctional family all year."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"This funny and involving film presents its well-drawn characters to us pretty much the way we would encounter them in life."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"well structured without resorting to flashbacks"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Stylized showmen do Rain Man and Forrest Gump, but it takes a natural actor like Ruffalo to pull off this strange beauty."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, PopMatters
"Lonergan avoids the faults of many American storytellers by refusing to cast characters in a judgmental light, giving each enough dignity to be convincing and sympathetic."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The best domestic comedy-drama in ages, a genuine American beauty without all the flash of American Beauty."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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