The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

The true story of one woman's effort to keep her family afloat under difficult circumstances comes to the screen in this bittersweet comedy drama. Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) was a woman of intelligence, talent, and pluck living in the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Noteworthy for Julianne Moore's performance, Prize Winner is nonetheless a largely indistinct and tentative film that fails to convey the true power of its bittersweet tale.

Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It makes for a nice Mother's Day card. But not enough for a complete movie.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

An uneven but loving tribute to a remarkable woman -- who would, undoubtedly, have wished to rewrite it herself.

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

If you don't already know that Julianne Moore is one of our greatest living actors, this underseen film will prove it to you, as she takes a potential simp... and makes her dignified and inspiring.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Rarely do you have a movie in which both lead actors give Oscar-worthy performances, but Defiance, Ohio is one.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

What distinguishes Anderson's work is her obvious empathy with all of her characters, including Kelly Ryan, whom she does not demonize.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Defiance, Where? Female Compliance Behind and Before The Camera

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

For once, a true story gets no romanticizing or needless embellishment to become a captivating movie.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Anderson can't do much with the inherent limitations of the hagiopic, which demands a repetitive litany of sacrifice and sanctity, with each hill and every valley designed to further enhance the landscape of inspiration.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The script just dulls out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A rather forgotten film at the box office, and in the annals of history, this adaptation from the book of the same name features some heart tugging moments but… More
Everett Johnson
This is a very interesting, off-beat dramedy with 2 Academy Award worthy performances. Julianne Moore gives one of her best performances(she has a lot of good… More
Jim Hunter
A housewife keeps her family from sinking into bankruptcy by winning ad-writing contests. The main plot line of this film, a productive and almost optimistic… More
Drew Smith
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio chugs right along for a great majority of its running time as a primally effective but generally repetitive and nothing-new… More
erika bruhns
The prize Winner of defiance, Ohio Is about Dysfunctional family trying to make ends meet. The father is abusive and has a drink problem that laeve the family… More
Red Lats
I guess this movie was OK. Not to fault the actors or anything; they were fine. Good to Evelyn for holding her family together. It is just that I will have… More