Rails & Ties Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 2, 2008
It's hard to get over the implausibility of the premise in Micky Levy's script, even though the characters themselves acknowledge that they're in a ridiculous situation.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 12, 2007
There's just not much here to recommend at all.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2007
One highly unlikely circumstance after another become laughable, preventing you from being moved by the family tragedies depicted. They beg for tears, but a script this chock-full of holes is unlikely to elicit the desired effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2007
I think somehow the filmmakers lost the way, lost sight of the people inside the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2007
All the astute acting in the world can't bring such a preposterous story into the station on time and intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 26, 2007
While it features three strong performance and the debut of a promising filmmaker, the story line is obvious and rather melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 26, 2007
[Director Alison] Eastwood has the advantage of two very fine actors, Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden, who have the ability to lift the most mediocre of material into another realm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 26, 2007
A movie that should have had some more work done to it, and could have been better if it had, arrives with all its flaws carefully preserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 26, 2007
The only conceivable reason for Warner Bros. to (barely) release this mush is as a favor to Clint Eastwood, whose daughter Alison directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 26, 2007
A modest but emotionally affecting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 26, 2007
Fortunately for first-time director Alison Eastwood, Rails & Ties is populated by three sensitive actors who tread carefully through Micky Levy's anachronistic script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 26, 2007
Rails & Ties is so self-consciously unadorned that it feels as if its director didn't want us to think that she was trying to make a cinematic statement. She hasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2007
As lovely as some of the footage looks and as committed as are the three lead performances, they serve only to make Rails & Ties play like an exceptionally well-acted and well-made Lifetime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 25, 2007
There's a chance that a good film might have been salvaged from these questionable ingredients, but Eastwood opts for the tried-and-true approach of tearjerkers past.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 25, 2007
Scripts [don't] come any sudsier than Micky Levy's awesomely bathetic Rails & Ties.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 25, 2007
No doubt about it, Alison Eastwood has picked up a thing or two from her old man. Her debut feature is slow, deliberate, assured, and shot with a graceful feel for place -- none of which is enough to overcome the creaky themes.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2007
The opening act is strong, but the story's trajectory is so obvious this often seems to be traveling along tracks as well -- into a valley of soap suds.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2007
It's becoming a bit tiresome watching Kevin Bacon suffer, and he isn't done any favors by this thudding weeper.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 24, 2007
Mr. Bacon, Ms. Gay Harden and Mr. Heizer are talented enough almost to bring off this fragile conceit -- almost, but not quite.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 5, 2007
A capable but modest directorial debut by Alison Eastwood.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2007
This directorial debut by Clint's daughter gets stuck in a one-way dramatic track.