A dying woman (Sarah Polley) hides her illness from her family and sets out to tie up the loose ends of her life.
" Takes place in late fall and early winter, when everything is cold, gray and dying. It's a tough context for a tender story. "
" Coixet doesn't make her lead character compelling, or likable. "
" Ms. Coixet's actor-friendly direction and character-friendly screenplay evoke strong performances from most parties. "
" This one-dimensional ennoblement doesn't sit quite right. "
" A good example of how Polley elevates nearly everything in which she appears. "
" The beauty of this tender gift of a movie is that it treats the daily life of tiny obligations and pleasures as something to pay exquisite heed to. "
" Polley's performance is pitch-perfect, and that the world described herein -- glazed with humor as well as melancholy -- is devoid of phony sentiment. "
" Too flat and confined and false. "
" What saves My Life Without Me from the status of a five-Kleenex weepie is the maturity of vision that permeates the writing and direction and shines through each performance. "
" What's miraculous about My Life Without Me is that the movie avoids bathos almost entirely, its considerable potential for cloying sentimentality undercut by a streak of wry, gentle humor. "
" Against all odds, My Life Without Me succeeds in spite of itself. "
" My Life Without Me only has one way to go, and it makes some dippy turns getting there. But Polley makes the trip worth it. "
" Despite some initial misgivings, My Life Without Me wound up breaking down my resistance. "
" My Life Without Me is not a gentle film. Insistent and unforgettable, it wounds on the inside, and the scars feel fresh for some time. "
" Ann ... would be a cruel egocentric if she weren't so obviously just a fictional pawn. "
" Less a tearjerker than a thought-provoker. "
" Depressingly unmoving, thanks to unaffecting performances and a story that holds no surprises. "
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