Always (1989)

For all its state-of-the-art special effects, Always is essentially a remake of the 1943 Spencer Tracy-Irene Dunne fantasy vehicle A Guy Named Joe--minus the wartime context. Richard Dreyfuss stars as a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 22, 1989
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Although Always is filled with big, sentimental moments, it lacks the intimacy to make any of this very moving.

Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Sentimental '80s romantic adventure has mild cursing.

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Fred Topel

Boring supernatural romance. Tedius and obvious. Wait until the following year's Ghost.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The result is a curiosity: a remake that wasn't remade enough.

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Christopher Null

For all its Spielbergian action and production values, the film is painfully sappy and wastes its A-list cast by saddling them with a hamfisted script.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A light, enjoyable piece of fluff with spectacular flying scenes and a dramatically flat story.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

An unfulfilled promise, a plummeting dove.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Whimsical and affecting enough, but certainly a lesser Spielberg film.

James Rocchi

Always may be starry-eyed romantic claptrap, but by God, would that all starry-eyed romantic claptrap were so well done.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Spielberg's remake of "A Guy Named Joe" unfortunately feels just like a remake, many of the earliest scenes easily telegraphing what is to come… More
Ken Stachnik
While there are some really fun moments, Always feels like about 3 different movies mashed together. The first twenty five minutes are really enjoyable and then… More
Jens S.
Undeservedly somewhat forgotten Spielberg film that still has many wonders to offer, telling a great love story from beyond the grave. The great director's… More
Summer W.
There was Ghost, but first, there was Always. It's actually Stephen Spielberg's loose remake of a 1944 film, but this movie is magical. It's… More
Chris Weber
This is Spielberg at his most Capra-esque. This is perhaps Spielberg's least well known feature, but that is, perhaps, because it's unfortunately not… More
danny d
sad but very good

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