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3,553 Ratings

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Directed by Lasse Hallström
United States, 1993


When his father dies, a young grocery store clerk in a small Midwestern town must take on the responsibilities of his housebound mother and his mentally impaired brother.

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape Directed by Lasse Hallström

Critics reviews

It’s pretty wonderful, with striking performances even from the unknowns (particularly the girl who plays the younger sister, with her wild eyes and her nostrils constantly aflame); credible family dynamics and small-town detail; a generally realistic sense of life’s frustrations and pleasures; and a climactic conflagration that caught me by surprise with its tender funereal power. Hallström acquits himself quite well, keeping things nicely low-key.
March 25, 2012
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