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THE GLASS CASTLE: Love in spite of the scars

“The Glass Castle” may be the only movie whose PG-13 rating is attributed mostly to “family dysfunction.” But if you’ve read the book, you know the raters aren’t kidding. This highly anticipated version of Jeannette Walls’ bestseller remains so faithful to its source that the film is sometimes tough to watch. It falters only in not giving quite enough sense of the kids’ early resilience—and in trying to make up for this with excess sentiment at the end. Even with those flaws, this is a potent and well-acted film that does not deserves its lukewarm reviews. Walls’ 2005 memoir recounts her wild and woolly childhood at the hands of parents whose jaw-dropping neglect often constitutes abuse. It’

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