An Unfinished Life
An Unfinished Life (2005)

Two generations of a damaged family are brought together in this emotional drama. Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford) was a once successful rancher whose spread went to seed after he developed a serious drinking problem. Now on the wagon, Einar… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A story of disjointed family members yearning for true emotional depth, An Unfinished Life teeters between overtly saccharine sentiments and moments of real intimacy.

Time Out

Call it "the Sundance effect," in which sentimental family drama blossoms amid a scenic, pastoral American landscape, with all its connotations of unspoiled purity and rejuvenation.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to Free Willy, veering dangerously close to New Age parody.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sure, it's a glorified Hallmark movie with a great cast, but in spite of it all, An Unfinished Life struck a chord with me.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Hallström ropes an all-star cast into what's essentially a glossed-up TV movie.

Paul Clinton (

Manages to be both moving and poignant largely because of the superb acting, cinematography and direction.

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Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

A modern-day Western from Lasse Hallstrom which doesn't measure up to the best of the three-time Oscar-nominee's work, but is, nonetheless, a beautifully filmed panoramic production with a plot compelling enough to recommend.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The picture has no discernible reason for being. It's impossible to identify with characters who seem so fond of their own misery, they can't be bothered to communicate even the most basic facts about themselves.

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Stephanie Zacharek

The picture is outrageously predictable and somewhat poky, but there's also something admirably bold about the way it so adamantly demands we swallow its hokum.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

It's any director's job to tell the actors how to feel, but never a good idea to ask the same of the audience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Pretty good family drama set out in rural America when a runaway daughter escapes an abusive boyfriend by returning to her small town roots. JLo does better… More
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Becca Gardner, Damian Lewis, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas, Camryn Manheim Director:Lasse Hallström Summary: When her… More
Melvin White
Mitch Bradley: I know people everywhere that thought they got dealt a bad hand.  "Every secret takes on a life of its own." An Unfinished Life… More
Wahida K
Every secret takes on a life of its own!
familiar stranger
A good drama that indicates the significance of forgiveness, and how it can be tough than vengeance sometimes. Einar (Robert Redford) is the father-in-law of… More
Chris Weber
An Unfinished Life treads ground far from unknown, and is by no means unpredictable. However, it is still a wonderful and heartfelt film. This film features a… More

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