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Blackbird (2020)



Critic Consensus: Blackbird wastes its premise on shallow storytelling, though its splendid cast adds heart to a sensitive subject.

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Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS on her own terms. The couple is planning a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer (Kate Winslet) and Anna (Mia Wasikowska). Joining the collective farewell are Lily's son in law (Rainn Wilson), her lifelong friend (Lindsay Duncan), daughter's partner (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and grandson (Anson Boon). Her story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life.

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Critic Reviews for Blackbird

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (18)

Someone nudges this in memoriam in the ribs and reminds it to be a melodrama, at which point a far more typical story of family feuding kicks in.

September 19, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The moving melodrama is bolstered by an outstanding cast...

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film never recovers from a contrived and distracting plot development in the last third that highlights the artificiality of its structure.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A glancing treatment of a difficult subject.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Turns out you can make a silk purse from a sow's ear, if "you" are Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A right-to-die drama so inauthentic and maudlin that the terminal illness suffered by its central character is no more than a suction device for the audience's tears.

September 17, 2020 | Full Review…

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