Ordinary Love

critic Reviews

93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score93%
  • Led by strong performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, Ordinary Love wrings heartrending drama out of one couple's medical travails.
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    Linda BarnardOriginal Cin
    McCafferty's precise dialogue seems effortless, even when the scenes are tough to watch. Manville and Neeson are exceptional. A pause, an awkward look, moments of tenderness or humour, even how Joan butters a scone, conveys much about them.
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    Matthew DoughertyThe Filtered Lens
    Little gestures of kindness throughout keep their marriage emotionally resonant when the harder, louder conversations inevitably come into play.
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    Debbie Lynn EliasBehind The Lens
    Ordinary Love is an extraordinary film.
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    Pete HammondDeadline Hollywood Daily
    Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are superb together in this touching love story about a couple whose marriage is thrown into crisis by a cancer diagnosis.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    There's a generic aspect to it that I found off-putting for a film that touches so many nerves, but it is wonderful to see these two actors.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    Traditionally, audiences avoid movies about nice people bravely battling terminal illnesses by the millions. Can two stars this viable and magnetic erase the stigma?
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    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    Manville has to go through a kaleidoscope of moods and emotions, and every one of them is precise, fearless, and searingly real.
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    Tim AppeloAARP Movies for Grownups
    Sad as the film is, it leaves you feeling uplifted - even strengthened.
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    Ella TaylorNPR
    Unlike most others of its kind, this one trusts us to stick with the slew of treatments that often hurt more than the disease. In its cheekily Irish way it offers a portrait of a great and enduring love under acute pressure.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    The film's strength lies in the performances -- two fine actors elevating their roles from the touchingly mundane to the suddenly momentous.
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