Pieces of April
Pieces of April (2003)

April Burns is a wild, 21-year-old young woman with a very big problem. Against her own better judgment, she's invited her estranged, straight laced family for Thanksgiving dinner. Her boyfriend, Bobby, wants to help, but she banishes… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pieces of April transcends its small-scale setting and budget with endearing performances, playful humor, and genuine sweetness, resulting in a touching holiday treat.

Sheila Norman-Culp
Associated Press

Thanksgiving just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a dysfunctional family reunion, but writer-director Peter Hedges comes up with an original take on the holiday disaster theme in the quiet gem Pieces of April.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Laughter and poignancy go hand in hand in this DV debut whose comedy that may be standard, but never ceases to deliver sharp, dark laughs.

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Felicia Feaster
Creative Loafing

Pieces of April feels ready for the insertion of canned laughter and a sitcom slot in network prime-time.

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Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

It's interesting to see Holmes in something like this, which gives an edge to her usual cute and cloying persona.

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Natasha Aitken
Empire Magazine

A shining example of just how compelling and affecting low-budget filmmaking can be when you've got a good story and strong cast.

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Matthew Lucas
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)

A light, delicious confection that hits you like a bullet to the heart.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.

Kaleem Aftab
The List

Thanksgiving and the frenetic family gathering have given rise to a remarkable number of good films. Pieces of April is a worthy addition to this well furnished genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
A one part great movie and one part bad movie. The storylines of Derek Luke and Katie Holmes are perfect and extremely well done, while the scenes with the… More
Dean L
The surprisingly refreshing story of a family estranged from their daughter, April. April has been a "screw-up" and a "misfit" and she never… More
Megan S
I've wanted to see this movie for a while. It was definitely enjoyable. I'm starting to like these quirky, independent, true-to-life movies more than… More
Nate Zoebl
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Jennifer Xu
Katie Holmes was impressive. I love that Peter Hedges takes the simple event of Thanksgiving dinner and paints an extremely thorough picture of it. Quirky and… More
Neum Daddy
It just occurred to me that my last journal entry was a little out of line. I gotta apologize for that last entry, as I irresponsibly posted a link to some… More

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