My Life Without Me (2003)



Critic Consensus: Sarah Polley keeps this production afloat with her moving performance.

Movie Info

Ann is 23-years-old, she has 2 young daughters, a husband who spends more time unemployed than working, a mother who hates the world, a father who has spent the last ten years in jail, and a job as a night janitor in a university that she could never attend in the daytime. They all live in a trailer, on the yard of her mother's house, in the outskirts of Vancouver. However, this gray existence changes completely when, after a medical check-up, a doctor tells Ann that she has very little time … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Nanci Kincaid, Isabel Coixet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2004
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for My Life Without Me

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (37)

My Life Without Me is not a gentle film. Insistent and unforgettable, it wounds on the inside, and the scars feel fresh for some time.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Coixet doesn't make her lead character compelling, or likable.

November 28, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

My Life Without Me only has one way to go, and it makes some dippy turns getting there. But Polley makes the trip worth it.

November 21, 2003
Detroit News
Top Critic

A good example of how Polley elevates nearly everything in which she appears.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Polley's performance is pitch-perfect, and that the world described herein -- glazed with humor as well as melancholy -- is devoid of phony sentiment.

November 20, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Depressingly unmoving, thanks to unaffecting performances and a story that holds no surprises.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Life Without Me

Well done, without being too grim. Slow moving, yet interesting to watch. Just nicely put together enough to tug on the heartstrings. I thought that the ending was very nicely done. No death scene...just images of what was left behind. Nice....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


You know what to expect when we have a terminally ill female lead.
Thankfully, this did'nt turn out to be the usual tear-jerking melodrama. Emotions were decently real and was well acted throughout.

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer


Despite being a great film for many reasons, My Life Without Me is one of those films that fails to connect. I don't mind a film being very different, but there still has to be an emotional anchor point. Here we find out that our heroine is dying, a fact she decides to keep from her family. This could work, after all it is kind of sweet sparing them from the pain. It worked in Ikiru, but that was a lonely man not looked fondly upon. He decides to make a good change for others, without any form of reward. In this film, Polley makes selfish decisions to quench her curiosity. Therefor, the best thing she can think of to stick on her "to do list" is "to do" another guy. It's actions like this that distance this film. That aside the acting, music and pacing is all fine. But what's the point if it fails to make you care or feel.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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