What's Eating Gilbert Grape
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's sentimental and somewhat predictable, but those are small complaints, given the tender atmosphere and moving performances at the heart of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

David Ansen

Depp is subtly winning as a man-child oblivious to his own pent-up rage. But the performance that will take your breath away is DiCaprio's.

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Time Out

Hallström's finally struck a chord with the Americans, though it's much the same cocktail of whimsy and worry, the eccentric and the banal, that he's been mixing all along.

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Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

A challenging look at the ups and downs of family.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Even if you have a taste as I do for movies about dysfunctional families, you may be a little put off by the Grapes.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Particularly impressive are the sweet, weirdly idyllic tone of Mr. Hallstrom's direction and Johnny Depp's tender, disarming performance as the long-suffering Gilbert Grape.

TV Guide

It's endearingly loopy without degenerating into a carnival tent show.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Suggests that the true heroes are those people who day by day must tend to misfits, and do so with love, tenacity and a determination not to go terminally sour in the process.

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Todd McCarthy

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom and his fine cast have endowed the story with a good deal of behavioral truth and unstressed comedy.


It's as fascinating to see DiCaprio before he became a bona fide star as it is to watch Depp at the very moment he cemented his reputation for coolness.

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Interesting and moving film. This was my first Leo DeCaprio film, and I HONESTLY believed that he was a mentally disabled boy they cast in this film. When I… More
Dan Schultz
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Aj V
Although this movie stars two actors I dislike, Depp and Leo, it has a good, deep, unique, and realistic story. Anyone who loves serious drama, will love this… More
Daniel Mumby
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Shawn Ewing
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