21 Grams
21 Grams (2003)

College professor Paul Rivers and his wife Mary find their union precariously balanced between life and death. He is mortally ill and awaiting a heart transplant, while she hopes to become pregnant with his child through artificial… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Alejandro GonzŠlez IŮŠrritu deftly weaves an uncommonly structured narrative with panache in 21 Grams, a stylish, haunting drama full of fine performances.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Challenges and provokes in unexpected ways.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

You won't soon forget the world that Gonzalez Inarritu creates.

Paul Julian Smith
Sight and Sound

21 Grams is convincing both as a mid-American document and as the universal moral drama that it aims to be.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

[An]uncommonly ambitious, superbly acted, frustratingly flawed drama.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Fascinating because of the way the story is told -- and because of the existential issues that it forces you to consider.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking film not for tweens/young teens.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Establishes [Inarritu] as a major cinematic force.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The performances, the way Inarritu deconstructs and reconstructs the narrative, the grainy, gritty feel and look, all lead to the rare sort of experience that only a truly great film can offer.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A highly emotional, thought provoking drama that easily lives up to the hype, 21 Grams is a film that has all of its bases covered: script, acting and direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Well acted but incredibly downbeat movie is a hard watch.
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'21 Grams'. Bleak, utterly depressing, and completely mesmerising. Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn all turned in fantastic performances,… More
Chris Weber
I do enjoy films that employ interwoven storylines and movies that feature non-linear narratives. Sometimes, I like films that employ both. However, I… More
Steven Carrier
"21 Grams" is a sort of rehash of "Amorres Perros." Same sort of structure, same thematic through lines- if a bit more intensified and… More
Jameson Worley
I love this style of film. I was almost lost during a few scenes, but at the end some of the loose ends were connected and it really turned this film around for… More
Dan Schultz
Depressing, but still engrossing story concerning three individuals desperate to find happiness despite facing bleak situations. While director Alejandro… More