Prodigal Sons
Prodigal Sons (2010)

In this impressive personal documentary, filmmaker Kimberly Reed attempts to reconcile with her long-estranged brother Marc, with whom she's been a rival since childhood. Their paths diverged long ago: Marc was permanently debilitated… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fascinating and heartbreakingly honest, Kimberly Reed's family documentary uses its stranger-than-fiction story to speak near-universal truths about family bonds and human identity.

Todd McCarthy

A film that will fascinate inquisitive viewers on multiple levels.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Kimberly Reed started out to make a movie about starting over, but then life got in the way. It didn't make her job harder. It made the movie better.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest

Director makes mea culpa a major theme, pleading that admitting her own selfish priorities as a rationalization, but it is insufficient to counter the intrusive images.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

At the heart of Prodigal Sons, a family drama in the form of a succinct, eloquent personal journal, is a sibling rivalry whose reverberations touch upon the very essence of human identity...

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The problem with family-diary documentaries is that some families have too much drama for just one movie.

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Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

This film should be shown to every parent of a gay child.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A consistently generous film.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

Sometimes we forget that when documentary filmmakers begin a project, they don't always know what they'll be filming because, to state the obvious, real life doesn't work from a script.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

While Reed's own self-exposure shows insight, her presentation of her brother's suffering comes across as an unprocessed spectacle of misery that hasn't been adequately thought out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
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It's pretty much everything it purports to be - the transexual transition, the Orson Welles connection, the sibling rivalry - no more, no less.
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former captain of the football team returns to montana for his high school reunion. as a woman. that's not even the most surprising part of this… More
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"Prodigal Sons" is an emotional and personal documentary that despite its insight is actually a little hard to watch at times. In it, Kimberly Reed,… More