William Stevenson
March 31, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

We gave it a B

If you didn’t already know that getting old is hard, this unflinching look at an octogenarian losing both her memory and her beloved art gallery will convince you. Yes, playwright-screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (This Is Our Youth, Analyze This) provides amusing moments, but the final scenes — like the last days of many elderly people — are so uncompromising they’re painful to watch. Attention must be paid, however, to star Eileen Heckart, who takes on a demanding role at age 80 and turns in a heartbreaking performance. B

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