'Ordinary People' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   35 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The film looks austere and serious, rather as if it had been shot inside a Frigidaire, and the oppressiveness of the images tends to strangle laughter, even at the most absurd excesses of Alvin Sargent's script.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    A powerfully intimate domestic drama.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    What Redford accomplishes is to provide an excellent portrait of how well families can hide their inner turmoil from the prying eyes of outsiders.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    70
    Better than forever being dismissed with a huffy "I can't believe that beat Raging Bull".
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    80
    Story of emotional honesty is best for older kids.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    100
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    67
    Only reaching Chekhovian heights in its dreams.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Empire Magazine
    80
    Fully deserving of its many accolades.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Film4
    For an Oscar-winner it's unusually bleak but the power is very carefully controlled.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    This dissection of family mores in upscale suburbia is emotionally powerful, decidedly unsentimental, and the suitable text for the feature directorial debut of Robert Redford.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    88
    A beautifully acted film about the impact of a family tragedy on those who blame themselves and others.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    88
    A beautifully acted film about the impact of a family tragedy on those who blame themselves and others.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    Robert Redford chose to adapt Judith Guest's novel as his first directorial effort, with impressive results.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    An actors' movie and an advert for therapy, extremely bitter, but handsomely directed in its elegant pretentiousness.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • John Wirt Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
    40
    The 1980 drama hasn't aged well.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Clint Morris Film Threat
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Mark R. Leeper rec.arts.movies.reviews
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Sarah Chauncey Reel.com
    100
    It is Redford's ability to let the movie breathe...that forces the viewer to experience the film on a visceral level.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal
    100
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Greg Muskewitz eFilmCritic.com
    60
    It works fairly on the screen, but holds none of the effectiveness of Guest's novel.
    Full Review » 11 years ago