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.
Direction and scoring soften the script's sometimes very jagged edges, but the performances don't. If all involved had kept to the courage of their convictions, this could have been something really special; instead it's only a slight cut above regular multiplex fare.
While the story is simple and isn't groundbreaking and Streep is in command of her role,Tommy Lee Jones gives an unorthodox performance that is the most surprising part of the film. The only films weakness is the use of music which matches the movie very oddly.
I was happily surprised by the film's frankness about the awkwardness of sex and the difficulty of relationships, but it felt a little unwilling to let go of its own genre constraints as middle-aged housewife porn (which, don't get me wrong, I LOVE). Also, I kept waiting for Steve Carrell to fart or something.