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Reviews: Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

infinitely_polar_bearHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Without even knowing that it’s autobiographical, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is so true to real experience with all its highs and lows, warts and idiosyncracies, that it’s like watching a child’s memoir all wrapped up in love and frustration.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engaging and enigmatic, it’s an offbeat, feel-good film that tugs at your heartstrings….
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Infinitely Polar Bear comes across more like a sunny sitcom called My Goofy Dad than a thoughtful portrait of a man suffering from a serious mental illness.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • James Marsh @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Proof that fine actors giving strong performances are not always enough to save a movie, Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear seems too preoccupied with its 70s period setting and zany family antics to pay more than vague lip service to its central theme of manic depression. As a result, Infinitely Polar Bear is a frivolous and slight affair, not without its charms, but devoid of any real purpose.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Infinitely Polar Bear doesn’t follow the pattern of movies that shift audiences between tears and laughter as Cam’s manic depressiveness pulls them together. Forbes instead puts the family on tiptoes and intertwines both the humour and the heartache to show how one emotion is inseparable from the other and feeds its counterpart in turn.
  • [New – 1/28/16] | Clark Provence @ 365 Movie Guy
    • Excerpt: On a surprisingly regular basis, potentially insufferable moments are rescued by grounded, persuasive performances.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff, Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Watching it, you feel like you’ve been entrusted with a secret, not one hidden for shame, but for love. Ultimately, it feels like an honor to watch Infinitely Polar Bear, and to be trusted with its story and message.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Forbes doesn’t skim over the dark side, but she brings home an intensely personal, painfully funny, deeply touching story.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: [Ruffalo’s] gleefully over-the-top performance…anchors a picture on a potentially difficult subject that instead is content to be a manipulative crowd-pleaser, but a moderately engaging one.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
Updated: January 28, 2016 — 9:01 pm
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