Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis (2006)

Duncan (Joshua Jackson), a depressed twentysomething living in a rundown section of Minneapolis, has just lost another job. He has another source of income, letting his brother use his apartment for extramarital trysts. On a rare visit to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deeply reminiscent of other, better films, Aurora Borealis nonetheless succeeds on the strength of winning performances from Sutherland and Jackson.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Seems designed to reward Jackson with his biggest adult part to date, though it doesn't give the Vancouver, B.C., native a lot to work with.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.

Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald

It's predictable and ultimately quite trivial, but Sutherland alone is almost worth the ticket price.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot.

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

What holds Aurora Borealis together is the complex and very realistic relationships between the characters.

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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle

Every bromide, plot twist and stock character arrives right on time and, to give director James Burke his due, function as well as they ever have.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Aurora Borealis -- yes, that title eventually comes home to roost -- doesn't offend in any way, but it's so self-consciously quaint, so unwaveringly 'nice,' that you nearly wish it did.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

What looks like a goopy, disease-of-the-week movie about Alzheimer's turns out to be a surprisingly well crafted, beautifully acted movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A good script, well performed by a really good cast...including Juliette Lewis (I say this even though I am not a fan). I was very impressed with Joshua… More