The Swearing Jar

critic Reviews

, 90% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mark JacksonEpoch Times
    The takeaway of "The Swearing Jar" is having a look at how, when they don't have some overarching, spiritual context, people try to reconcile death. How they cope, heal, and find happiness again.
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    Kat HalsteadCommon Sense Media
    The film's hovering sense of doom is lifted skillfully by a playful tone and a number of musical interludes. A slightly overlong running time and a few narrative dips let it down in places.
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    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    An intelligent, hopeful, and heartbreaking musical drama about moving on, exploring what can happen when you’re determined to write your own destiny in love and in life.
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    Erik ChildressMovie Madness Podcast
    Adelaide Clemens gets her own version of the Take This Waltz dilemma and the story’s initial toying with the audience sneakily drifts us towards a mindset of grief that is rather effective.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Ross BonaimeCollider
    The Swearing Jar is a decent idea, but the screenplay and editing draws attention to itself in a way that takes away from the film’s biggest moments—a shame considering these moments could’ve been extremely effective.
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    Alex HeeneySeventh Row
    Though The Swearing Jar is technically two romance stories told in two interwoven timelines, it’s much more about how the protagonist, Carey (a wonderful Adelaide Clemens), navigates her own pain and insecurities.
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    David NusairReel Film Reviews
    Clemens’ often hypnotic turn [anchors] the proceedings and [smooths] over the narrative’s less-than-enthralling stretches.
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    Jared MobarakThe Film Stage
    Death looms large and the characters are all struggling with its impact, but they're doing so in a way that will ultimately lead them towards productive means to cope, heal, and find happiness again.
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    Nick Rocco ScaliaFilm Threat
    The rare movie romance that really benefits from knowing as little going in as possible.
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    Danielle SolzmanSolzy at the Movies
    The cast in The Swearing Jar is a solid ensemble as director Lindsay MacKay presents a film that is somewhere between comedy and drama.
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