Fly Away
Fly Away (2011)

Based on the award-winning short Flying Lessons, Fly Away tells the moving story of a single mother, Jeanne, grappling with the challenge of raising her autistic teenage daughter, Mandy. As Mandy becomes more and more unmanageable, so too… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Janet Grillo's modestly produced feature breaks no new ground in depicting those who live with autism -- both the afflicted and their loved ones.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A showcase for Beth Broderick as the mom, Greg Germann as a charming neighbor who flirts with her and a fully immersed Ashley Rickards as the tantrum-prone teen, who appears to be on the intellectual plane of a 2-year-old.

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Mark Bell
Film Threat

The performances by all involved are stellar from start to finish, and the film tackles a tough subject with all the reverence and care one would hope to see...

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A well-meant drama that never transcends its earnest aims, Janet Grillo's feature debut is notable mostly for an heroic turn from lead Beth Broderick.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Fly Away's overall success is hampered by its narrow focus and relatively uneventful storyline...

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.

Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

The lead performances are solid, as are the supporting actors, and Grillo is more than competent as a director. But Fly Away could have been stronger if its antiseptic visual style... had been more adventurous.

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Brian Orndorf

A stimulating sense of realism that helps to shape a raw, compassionate portrait of life lived with the disorder, finding pauses of behavior and response that shock and enlighten.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A realistic portrayal of a mid-functioning autistic girl, and of the toll it takes on her increasingly desperate single mother. The actress who plays Mandy does… More
Erin Collins
This was hard to watch at times - I really felt for the mom. I couldn't imagine how hard it must be to raise an autistic child. It shows how patient and… More