Grandma (2015)



Critic Consensus: Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully empathetic work from writer-director Paul Weitz, Grandma is a dramedy that shouldn't have to ask you to visit.

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Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. (C) Sony Classics

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Critic Reviews for Grandma

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (38)

It's a character study and morality play and bildungsroman, subtly executed and lovingly performed.

July 22, 2016 | Full Review…

With not a wasted frame in its taut 80 minutes, this is deserving of your attention as one of the year's best movies even if it's being released in the middle of August.

December 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Paul Weitz turns in a generous, handcrafted piece in which everyone shines.

September 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie is both hysterically funny and heartbreaking, but Weitz somehow makes you laugh without making light of serious issues.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Both funny and unexpectedly moving.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Short, tart, yet unexpectedly sweet, Paul Weitz's "Grandma" is a small-scale character study - and, because that character is played by the great Lily Tomlin, it's mesmerizing, right up until its final frame.

September 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grandma

I really liked this one. Both the grandma and the grand daughter were perfect. I loved how down to earth they both were and this didn’t slide into cloying as it so easily could have.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Although the subject may be distasteful to some viewers (the film centers around a young woman and her grandmother as they scrounge around for money to get an abortion!), "Grandma" is well worth watching. The complex and nuanced issues with which this dysfunctional family grapples on their journey are often just as distasteful and imposing as the unplanned pregnancy. "Grandma" effectively depicts family, support, disappointment and love among unabashedly flawed people with their own regrets. The film conveys a human message without preachiness or idealized characters. It resonates authentically and inspires reflection, which is the real value of the movie. "Grandma" has great direction and a memorable (although not entirely unique) performance from Tomlin. As long as you're not expecting a feel-good film, "Grandma" will be worth your while.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

3 generations of one family come together in a time of crisis. Tomlin channels Irene Ryan's Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies TV show and is properly ornery. A film that consciously tackles "women's troubles", but perhaps too consciously. Not bad. Not terrible. Could've used more Marcia Gay Harden.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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