- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Released: September 3, 2013
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
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Hollywood Reporter - 08/30/2012
"[T]his playfully complex and gently slippery analysis of memory and personal narrative manages to engage us..."
USA Today - 05/16/2013
4 stars out of 4 -- "Writer-director Sarah Polley intriguingly explores the vagaries of truth and the unreliability of memory in STORIES WE TELL, a brilliant, thought-provoking documentary."
Los Angeles Times - 05/16/2013
"Writer-director Sarah Polley's STORIES WE TELL ends up an invigorating powerhouse of a personal documentary, adventurous and absolutely fascinating."
A.V. Club - 05/09/2013
"[A]n investigative mystery, a real-life soap opera, and -- most compellingly, perhaps -- a searching 'interrogation' of the hows and whys of storytelling itself."
Washington Post - 05/16/2013
"[Polley] brings the past to vivid, astonishing life in STORIES WE TELL, an excavation of her own family that hinges on a long-buried secret..."
Rolling Stone - 05/09/2013
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The result, with its flashing perspectives and stealthy wit, is unique and unforgettable."
Total Film - 06/15/2013
4 stars out of 5 -- "Aiming her clear, compassionate eye at the mysteries surrounding her late mother, Polley’s documentary is a family memoir like no other..."
Empire - 06/21/2013
5 stars out of 5 -- "Polley's fearless personal journey is a huge achievement, a genuine revelation..."
Sarah Polley's documentary STORIES WE TELL finds the director/actress exploring a family secret. She had discovered a few years earlier that her biological father was not actually the person she knew as her father; in an effort to fully understand this long-held family secret, Polley interviews every member of her family, and had the man she thought of as her dad write his version of events and record it, using him reading his story as a recurring voiceover throughout the film. STORIES WE TELL screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.