The performances from Streep and Jones go a long way toward elevating the rather straightforward direction from David Frankel, which includes some painfully literal musical selections and a few hokey comic situations. Read more.
BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE
Streep is pure magic and Jones arguably gives the performance of his career here. If they both don’t receive Oscar nominations, something is seriously wrong with Oscar. Read more.
CHICAGO SUN TIMES
Of Streep there isn’t much left to be said. She is a peerless actress, almost always in command of the right note, which in this case is determined but girlish. Read more.
Streep’s excellence is no surprise, but to some degree Jones’ performance is. Read more.
After playing a string of dominant female characters like Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child and Anna Wintour, Streep embraces the meeker and more dowdy role of Kay, showing she can play a more toned-down role. Read more.
Spectacularly well matched and attuned to each other, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones offer two of the finest performances of the year. (Yes, Streep, again. And Jones is a revelation.) Read more.
Streep approaches her role of Midwestern housewife with a certain daintiness, but her performance proves vital to communicating the delicacy of what’s at stake. Read more.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
One certainty about any new Meryl Streep movie is that crowds will flock to see the Oscar-winning actress in almost any vehicle she selects, so both the film’s topicality and the top-tier casting will richly resonate with the target demographic, perhaps even spurring a wave of matinee dating nationwide. Read more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Streep creates a sense of unease and clings to it long enough that watching Kay at her weakest is almost unbearable. But it ultimately works for a film that is aiming at a certain level of discomfort. Read more.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Streep is a marvel – she always is. She creates a portrait of a sheltered woman with grand yearnings, without much experience and few adventures, but she definitely wants something – nothing specific, just something rather than nothing. Read more.
The performance should help broaden the film’s audience to include men as well as women; and it might even be remembered next awards season. Read more.
Tackling one of the most deceptively ordinary roles she’s had in a while (and a complete departure from her dazzling star turn in “Prada”), Streep dons owlish specs and speaks at a higher pitch than usual, imbuing Kay with the nervous, birdlike energy of a woman not entirely comfortable in her own skin. Read more.