Meryl really does dissolve into her roles; it's impressive. Jones is good here too. The problem is pacing, & lack of variety. The film did what a film should never do: it became boring. Not for a long time, but for long enough. Steve Carrell is wasted. That role could have been played by an unknown. There's some sweet moments, & some affecting sad ones, but they weren't enough to make it a good film. 2&1/2 stars.