Our Friend

critic Reviews

, 79% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Our Friend's occasionally frustrating approach to dramatizing its fact-based story is often offset by a trio of starring performances led by a never-better Jason Segel.
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    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    Grounding in real experience takes the movie in a direction that isn't phony or romantic or exploitative, like most illness movies. Instead, it's recognizably human and odd.
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    Kristen LopezCulturess
    The Friend is a misfire all the way around.
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    Katey RichVanity Fair
    It's a small-scale human story, precious few of which make it to film these days. It's also, if you're in the market for that kind of thing, an extremely effective tearjerker.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    A movie that maddeningly realigns itself every five minutes.
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    Benjamin LeeGuardian
    Try reading the article instead.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    "The Friend" is not an inspirational essay, and how dare they turn it into that kind of movie?
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    Neil PondParade Magazine
    This lovely, finely tuned, brutally honest portrait of a marriage, a family and friend that went through something terrible...will make you weep. But you'll feel good about the tears.
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    Josh BellCBR
    Turns a personal, visceral account of death and compassion into a garden-variety weepie, often sidelining the unique aspects of the story in favor of familiar maudlin sentiment.
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    Charles KoplinskiReel Talk with Chuck and Pam
    The first great movie of 2021.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    A beautiful and heartwarming film with superb performances. There are plenty of watery-eyed moments but this is not your average tear-jerker but a celebration of life.
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