Anywhere but Here
Anywhere but Here (2000)

Mona Simpson's acclaimed novel comes to the screen in an adaptation directed by Wayne Wang. Tired of her life in a pleasant but unremarkable Midwestern city, where everyone knows everyone else's business, Adele August (Susan… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The strong chemistry between Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman as a mother and daughter trying to make a fresh start in L.A. helps to elevate Anywhere But Here above its occasional forays into melodrama.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Portman is excellent, balancing wisdom and petulance, loyalty and imposition...

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman put on an acting clinic that's a treat to watch, but, no matter how accomplished, a clinic is not a movie. They do a lot with a little, yet it's far from enough.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Solid story of independence for teens.

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Emanuel Levy

As a depiction of a loving-turbulent relationship between a single mom (Susan Sarandon) and her rebellious teenage daughter (Natalie Portman), Wang's meller is nicely crafted but old-fashioned like Hollywood's weepies of yesteryear.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

You start wishing you were anywhere but here -- preferably at last year's far funnier Slums of Beverly Hills.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Director Wayne Wang has delivered a solid entertainment, particularly for women, with Anywhere But Here.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie drops in on a crucial part of their lives, follows it for a few minutes and then jettisons to another episode. It's like watching 10 short stories.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Adele and Ann don't really seem like mother and daughter; their conflicts are more a matter of theatrical convenience than something born in the blood.

Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

Adele and Ann are not easy screen characters to like, but they are easy to believe in -- especially in the skins of Sarandon and Portman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Whiny drama about a selfish foolish woman and her conflicted annoying daughter.
Alice Shen
A bitter and complicated mother-daughter movie. I love the moments of power each feels in making the other miserable. Natalie Portman is delightful.
Thomas Bowler
Overlong, underdone and unfocussed despite the fantastic central performances. Full review later.
Rachel F
Loved it.
Melvin White
Adele: Providence, Rhode Island? Couldn't you have gotten any farther away from me?  "A story of a mother who knows best... and a daughter who knows… More
Kylie B
Portman is good but the plot is the usual hokey family/chick flick stuff.

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