Dana Rose Falcone
The Confirmation becomes a string of father-son misadventures that lack memorable characters or engaging dialogue.
This is a smart, effective coming-of-age tale about a boy figuring out that there are gray areas to life's moral choices.
Nelson ties perhaps too neat of a bow on the proceedings, but there's no denying the warmth and amiable spirit of "The Confirmation."
The pleasures are modest but rewarding in Bob Nelson's character study "The Confirmation."
The Confirmation is a powerful directorial debut from 59-year-old writer Bob Nelson, who received an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, Nebraska.
Feature films these days rarely come as gentle and equitable as "The Confirmation."
One of the selling points of "The Confirmation" is how it steers clear of melodrama or tidy perfection in favor of a taste of life on the margins, where even living paycheck to paycheck would be a luxury.
It's a film about a man who values a skill of careful, solid hand-crafting that's almost forgotten. That's what this low-key, character-driven family film is, too.
In the best moments, Nelson juxtaposes ... ephemeral, eternal doubt against the concrete realities of small-town American poverty and marginality.