Matching Jack
Matching Jack (2010)

A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

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David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia

Beautifully played and powerfully moving, despite the sugary clichés.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Having begun as a well-meaning but uneven mix of medical melodrama and fraught love story with whimsical accessories, it finally locates its heartbeat.

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Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

If Matching Jack were a telemovie, I'd be tempted to switch off.

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Lynne Renew and David Parker's script is based on a wonderful premise, but the resulting film is uneven, straddling adult drama and family-friendly tear-jerker without doing either well.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

The very moments that the film goes wilfully off-topic prove to be its undoing.

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James Mitchell

Matching Jack's conclusion is a hopeful one (some may say thankfully) but it's much too tidy and rushed, a pure cookie-cutter Hollywood happy ending that betrays the realistic, at times poignant portrayal of childhood terminal illness that came before it.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's melodrama, but powerful, with insights into the way cancer changes lives. I howled. Take Kleenex.

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Peter Galvin

Matching Jack has a squirmy kind of emotional truth to it. It's funny, but it's not a comedy.

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Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

While its premise is a painful one, this warm, surprisingly funny and deeply touching film never feels maudlin.

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