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New York Times:
Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain.
The film can't locate the bone-deep sense of tragedy of Leslie Schwartz's novel -- it just keeps belching out empty, grief-stricken histrionics devoid of insight.
It relies too much on two particularly played-out indie cliches: a spare, plunky soundtrack, and a narrative structure that teases out characters' backstory far longer than necessary.
Eric D. Snider,
The movie's real strength is Gaby Dellal's careful, subtle direction. She avoids the pitfalls of melodrama and histrionics that often plague movies about loss, keeping her actors' emotions grounded in recognizable truth.
Drama about the small-town aftermath of a child's accidental death can't match its sincerity with dramatic heft.
Los Angeles Times:
Catherine Trieschmann's script, based on the novel by Leslie Schwartz, barely scratches the potentially loaded surfaces it serves up.
New York Post:
Dellal gets respectable performances all around ... but they can't elevate "Angels Crest" ... beyond its one obvious and depressing note ...
While there is a great deal of weeping and wailing going on in the town of Angels Crest, little of it is connected to a comprehensible or cohesive plot.
Parental sorrow is a fine big theme; all that's missing here is the detail-work to humanize it.