Is Anybody There?
Is Anybody There? (2009)

Set in 1980s seaside England, "Is Anybody There?" tells the story of 10-year-old Edward whose parents have turned their house into a retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Michael Caine gives an excellent performance, Is Anybody There? features a cliche-filled story that ultimately falters.

Rob Nelson

Profoundly (and some would say pleasurably) formulaic, the film possesses scant cinematic energy, relying wholly on the familiar transformation of a grumpy old man into an infectiously weepy humanist.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The bravura acting is unsupported by a script that's content to settle for the dramatic equivalent of English comfort food, with moments of pathos and whimsy doled out like spoonfuls of dough and treacle.

Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Is Anybody There? devolves into a predictable yarn about a boy and a grandfatherly figure - but adding Michael Caine to the mix means it's still worth your while.

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Leo Goldsmith

The talent and craftsmanship of "Is Anybody There?" is ample, but it remains uncertain whether there's anybody here still interested in this all-too-familiar story.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] funny and moving drama about the mysteries of the grave.

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Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Warmly lit and beautifully acted, but cynical enough %u2013 and chock-full of enough dark humor %u2013 to avoid what might have been unbearably schmaltzy.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Michael Caine raises this odd-couple comedy to highly agreeable levels.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

There's a touch of magic at play here but it is of the understated variety, delivering a finale that is unexpectedly hopeful, moving and emotionally satisfying.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Even when dealing with the supernatural, Caine is never less than a realist. Yet you can still see the boy in him. And in Milner, you can certainly see the man Edward will become.

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