Critic Consensus: CODA's story offers few surprises, but strong representation and a terrific cast -- led by Emilia Jones' brilliant performance -- bring this coming-of-age story vividly to life.
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No theatrics, no gimmicks - just a wonderful coming-of-age gem that aims directly at the heart and hits the bullseye.
If there's a flaw to "CODA" - the title stems from the term "child of deaf adult" -- it may be that it wears its brimming heart on its sleeve to such an extent that it occasionally nears that fine line into formula.
A coming-of-age story meant to move. And while the beats of the film may be predictable, it's no less affecting.
Ruby is an underdog worth rooting for, and Jones is terrific. She's like a cross between the young Winona Ryder and the young Kate Winslet. The comparison flatters all three.
You'll laugh, cry and all steps in between at this vital family entertainment with a title that stands for Children of Deaf Adults. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and newcomer Emilia Jones turn this emotional powerhouse into one of the year's best.
Heder, who spent time on the Massachusetts coast when growing up, knows exactly how a narrative can be enriched by the colours, moods and customs of its setting. You get to know the Rossis very well, and they're great company.
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