It's Kind of a Funny Story: A 15-year-old overachiever (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental ward in this warmhearted film, a sensitively wrought but also very funny portrait of the way we respond to pressure. It affirms the good things in life without ever whitewashing the bad.
- Kimberley Jones
Tamara Drewe: Stephen Frears directs this engaging, sprawling, funny-sad comedy about life in the English countryside. There's a philandering crime writer, his put-upon wife, a journalist with a nose job, her rock star boyfriend, a couple of naughty village girls and an out-of-control dog, and that's just scratching the surface.
- Kenneth Burns