What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

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Synopsis

A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his mentally-disabled younger brother and morbidly obese mother while attempting to pursue his own happiness.

Cast

  • Johnny Depp
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Darlene Cates
  • Laura Harrington
  • Mary Kate Schellhardt
  • Kevin Tighe
  • John C. Reilly
  • Crispin Glover

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Metacritic

80

Depp puts in a reliable performance as the put-upon son who finds solace in the company of waitress, Juliette Lewis. All three deliver memorable performances along with a strong supporting cast.

Metacritic review by Angie Errigo
Angie Errigo
Empire
60

The relationship between Gilbert and Arnie has Of Mice and Men vibes, but it strikes a responsive chord in a way that the rest of the film doesn't. Most of the credit for that goes to DiCaprio's performance.

Metacritic review by Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
70

An offbeat, middleweight charmer that is lent a measure of substance by its astute performances and observational insight.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Variety