This is a fantastic film, the dialog and the acting just flows. Ruffalo is a stand out in this giving a raw performance, he plays Terry so well and I think the relationship between him and Linney's character was so well done. I too thought Ruffalo and Culkin interacted well together, it was good to see an adult talking to a kid without being condescending. Lonergan's directing impressed me as well.
a solid, character study overlooked due to the subconscious chauvinism felt toward anything marketed as a "chick flick." feels part of the same universe as "the squid and the whale," with which it shares actors. like "squid," it comes on too strong at times - offering hyperbole where nuance will do just fine. and while some characters are equally reprehensible, there's an optimism that rings false. still, it's good.