Pieces of April
Pieces of April (2003)

April Burns is a wild, 21-year-old young woman with a very big problem. Against her own better judgment, she's invited her estranged, straight laced family for Thanksgiving dinner. Her boyfriend, Bobby, wants to help, but she banishes… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pieces of April transcends its small-scale setting and budget with endearing performances, playful humor, and genuine sweetness, resulting in a touching holiday treat.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Laughter and poignancy go hand in hand in this DV debut whose comedy that may be standard, but never ceases to deliver sharp, dark laughs.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It's in the cross-cutting between April's disaster-prone preparations and her family's turbulent journey that Hedges's movie finds its lively and likeable rhythm.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is one of those quietly wonderful films that really deserves an audience.

Nick Rogers

Peter Hedges sustains the idea this family's interactions have begun with bared teeth for years. If they can summon it, one comforting moment will have to do. At best, it's a ramshackle reconciliation of tough-minded emotion and well-earned laughter.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Longer on calculating sourness than on psychologically organic wit.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

The film more than earns its heartwarming finale by virtue of the skilled performances of the leads.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An entertaining character study with the holiday theme...

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
A one part great movie and one part bad movie. The storylines of Derek Luke and Katie Holmes are perfect and extremely well done, while the scenes with the… More
Dean L
The surprisingly refreshing story of a family estranged from their daughter, April. April has been a "screw-up" and a "misfit" and she never… More
Megan S
I've wanted to see this movie for a while. It was definitely enjoyable. I'm starting to like these quirky, independent, true-to-life movies more than… More
Nate Zoebl
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Jennifer Xu
Katie Holmes was impressive. I love that Peter Hedges takes the simple event of Thanksgiving dinner and paints an extremely thorough picture of it. Quirky and… More
Neum Daddy
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