Imaginary Heroes
Imaginary Heroes (2005)

Tim Travis is walking through his life like it's a bad dream. His mother Sandy is the master of the Travis house with a healthy drug habit, a decade long grudge, and a secret that is literally tearing her apart. His father Ben is a… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Imaginary Heroes is a muddled, melodramatic and unconvincing drama.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Although she comes across as bordering on insufferable, we are expected to understand that Sandy is the touchstone of honesty in the film because, like other American films of the Sundance variety, eccentricity signifies emotional authenticity.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

An ambitious, uneven directorial debut.

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Cole Smithey

Sigourney Weaver is impeccable as a distraught mother who resorts to pot to barricade her emotions in writer/director Dan Harris' diamond-sharp treatise on American family dysfunction that makes "The Ice Storm" look like a walk in the park.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Weaver pretty much keeps Imaginary Heroes aloft.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Conversations, by the way, need to be laconic, cynical and postmodern. Tears take their time, if they come at all.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Dan Harris e suas criações habitam um universo repleto de incidentes absolutamente artificiais e de clichês risíveis.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Failed ambition is still ambition. Imaginary Heroes may overreach, but it challenges us as it does. That's heroic in any filmmaker.

Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

Imaginary Heroes may not show the directorial confidence of Zach Braff's remarkable Garden State or the emotional depth of A Home at the End of the World, but it's a strong character-driven story all the same.

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Matthew Turner

It's unusual and faintly disturbing to see Jeff Daniels play such an unlikeable character.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This family drama should have focused more on the emotional impact of the tragedy on the characters, but instead it goes for artificial conflicts and pathetic… More
Steven Carrier
Full of genuine emotion, powerhouse performances, and tender writing. Dan Harris' film is honest, dark and extremely thought provoking.
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Kip Pardue, Deirdre O'Connell, Ryan Donowho, Suzanne Santo, Jay Paulson… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Look at the stars. Same stars as last week. Last year. When we were kids. When we weren't even born. In a hundred years, no one will ever… More
Thomas Johnston
Such a tough topic, but Sigourney Weaver is the Lifetime movie character actor of real movies. Great acting from all of the cast, but the subject is not a… More
Ken Stachnik
Pretty standard post American Beauty depression in the suburbs faire. Great performance by Weaver