Stories We Tell
Stories We Tell (2013)

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar (R)-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: May 10, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley plays with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, crafting a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery.

Dana Stevens

If a personal memoir film by a beautiful, successful young woman from a nice Toronto family sounds to you like it can only be an excuse for self-absorbed navel-gazing, well, you must not have seen a Sarah Polley movie yet.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Sarah Polley's remarkable Stories We Tell transcends every cliche in this confessional/investigatory genre, and it's one of the year's highlights.

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Clayton Davis

Sarah Polley continues to become one of the most innovative and inventive directors working today and its proved by what she spills out on the silver screen in her newest endeavor Stories We Tell.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley's compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

Everyone has a different story. I found myself holding my breath listening to them talk. The story twists like a thriller.

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Abby Olcese

The film is, ultimately, a touching portrait of family, memory and shared history that keeps its audience hooked from the first moment, and doesn't let up until the final frame.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

he opposite of a courageous piece of work, Stories We Tell goes out of its way to protect every single person it touches.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Stories We Tell is not just very moving; it is an exploration of truth and fiction that will stay with you long after repeated viewings.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

What began as a searching personal journey ends as narcissistic family therapy masturbation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Polley surprises us with the brave and unreserved way that she exposes her family's secrets while trying to extract a meaning from her quest, even if she… More
Dan Schultz
A thoughtful, intimate biography concerning one's family from director/actor Sarah Polley, specifically centering around her mother and whether or not her… More
Nicki Marie
Quite dull, honestly. Who really cares that the mother had an affair and a child by another man which she passed off as her husband's? I'm sure it… More
Michael S
A deeply personally, low-key family documentary (or interrogation) from Sarah Polley that intrigues us instantly with a mystery involving a family secret; but… More
Sam Barnett
Though in my opinion it stops just short of being completely brilliant -- partly because of problems outlined within the movie itself -- Stories We Tell… More
Greg S
Actress/director Sarah Polley interviews family and friends to get their perspectives on a family secret. A heartfelt and well-told story, although the… More