Picks and Pans Review: The Last Best Year
updated 11/05/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/05/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
Grab a box of tissues and watch this slow but very moving tale about a woman (Bernadette Peters) with liver cancer and the psychologist (Mary Tyler Moore) who helps her come to grips with her life even as death closes in.
It's a singular TV movie both for the emotional complexity of its characters and for its poignant performances. Peters is utterly convincing as a sweet, timorous woman who has sealed herself off from her feelings. Moore, in her meatiest role since Ordinary People, is strong as a shrink whose professional facade is threatened by memories of her own father's death from cancer.
Sensitively directed by John Erman and scored by John Morris, the film would garner a higher mark had it not taken refuge in the warm fuzzies during its second half.