The Guitar
The Guitar (2008)

A doomed woman discovers her creative spirit during a final fling with life in this independent drama. Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) is already having a bad day when she visits her doctor about a troubling lump in her throat -- her… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The Guitar is a lark, at best, but when Burrows' healing indulgence extends to taking on lovers of both sexes, its goofiness acquires a certain hedonistic charm.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Some new directors often opt for minimalism in the hope that less is more. This doesn't work for Amy Redford (Robert's daughter), who transitions from actress to filmmaker with The Guitar.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

We've probably all wondered what we'd do if given a few short months to live and the premise of The Guitar takes one self indulgent option

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

[A] bizarre art-house equiva lent of The Bucket Lisy.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The movie has more clichéd rebirths in mind, and you'll resent where it goes.

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

A strong, kind-hearted start to a hopefully active career [for director Amy Redford].

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

That the movie is easy on the eyes (Melody's fetching silhouette against those sunset river views) doesn't make it any less bogus.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Written by Amos Poe and directed with moxie by Amy Redford, it's the ultimate movie about optimism.

David Noh
Film Journal International

An interesting premise is weakened by directorial callowness, tonal uncertainty and an unengaging central performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Well, here ya go. This would be me in a nut shell if I found out that I only had 30-60 days left to live.....that is, if I didn't have kids and a husband… More
Walter M.
"The Guitar" starts with Melody Wilder(Saffron Burrows) being diagnosed with inoperable cancer by her doctor(Janeane Garofalo) and given probably a… More
Red Lats
What would you do if on the same day you get laid off, your boyfriend decides to dump you and you are told you have cancer and only a month or two to live?… More
Ed Fucking Harris
I don't know what this movie was trying to prove, except maybe that ownership of material things is the answer to all lifes problems. Sentimental bullshit.… More
Lewis C.
I thought that The Guitar was a pretty swell movie. I usually hate movies about people who suddenly find out that they're dying, and then finally start to… More
Daisy Maduro
The transformation of a woman after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, fired from her thankless job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to… More

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