Manages to be both moving and poignant largely because of the superb acting, cinematography and direction.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com, 2005-09-12
The picture is outrageously predictable and somewhat poky, but there's also something admirably bold about the way it so adamantly demands we swallow its hokum.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2005-09-09
Redford and Freeman have a relaxed rapport -- watch their expressions when Griff asks them if they're gay -- but the script keeps giving them unspeakable lines to utter.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2005-09-09
It's no great thing, but in their heyday as Oscar campaigners, they could have made Redford a contender.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, 2005-09-09
It's a good story, well told, honed just short of a distracting sheen.
Michael Booth, Denver Post, 2005-09-09
There is never much doubt how An Unfinished Life will finish, yet it is kept dramatically and emotionally involving by the actors, who approach the characters and the story honestly and sincerely.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, 2005-09-09
Consistently entertaining and ultimately satisfying, offering Robert Redford his best role in a decade. Kids, this is why everybody used to love this guy.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2005-09-09
Call it "the Sundance effect," in which sentimental family drama blossoms amid a scenic, pastoral American landscape, with all its connotations of unspoiled purity and rejuvenation.
Review, Time Out, 2006-06-24
Hallstrom ropes an all-star cast into what's essentially a glossed-up TV movie.
Keith Phipps, AV Club, 2005-09-26
The picture has no discernible reason for being. It's impossible to identify with characters who seem so fond of their own misery, they can't be bothered to communicate even the most basic facts about themselves.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2005-09-24
By the conclusion, the movie turns into the ursine answer to Free Willy, veering dangerously close to New Age parody.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2005-09-23
The grizzly may have mauled Mitch, but by the end, that metaphor has mauled us.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2005-09-09
Hallstrom specializes in tales of pent-up longing and hesitant reconciliation, but this cinematic Hallmark card is too prettified and predictable for his reliably delicate touch.
Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times, 2005-09-09
Redford's hellbound to remain the craggy cowboy who hides his feelings under Marlboro Man stoicism. Must he act like a River Runs Through everything?
Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 2005-09-09
It's the movie that feels incomplete.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2005-09-09
An Unfinished Life means well, but it's hard to give it much credit beyond that.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2005-09-09
Days of Our Lives in coveralls.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2005-09-09
This is certainly not a movie worth going out of your way for, but don't be surprised if you happen to come across it on cable one rainy Sunday afternoon and find yourself watching it to the end.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2005-09-09
This is the kind of movie where someone gets unreasonably upset over a broken plate and you realize that the plate is actually supposed to be a metaphor for a broken relationship -- at which point you begin to glance longingly toward the fire exits.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly, 2005-09-09