Itís always hard to pan an earnest film, especially one by a first-time director. And The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, a plucky striver if there ever was one, canít find a single cynical note on the scale. Essentially a hagiography in praise of Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore), a woman who kept her family of 12 fed and clothed by winning jingle contests, the film lays its slender plot at her feet, offering her effusive thanks in every scene. Indeed, Ryan seems to have been a heroóbut ... More >>>