Turn the River (2007)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
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Average Rating: 5.5/10
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A woman struggles to win back the son she lost when she divorced her husband in a gritty drama that marks the directorial debut of actor Chris Eigeman. Kailey (Famke Janssen) is a woman who makes her living playing high-stakes poker and hustling pool, a trade she learned from her longtime friend Quinn (Rip Torn). Kailey's rough-and-tumble life drove a wedge between her and her husband, David (Matt Ross), and when they split up he won custody of their son, Gulley (Jaymie Dornan). However, while
May 9, 2008 Wide
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Janssen, who reportedly did her own pool shooting, is [best] served in the scenes with Gulley, which are wrenching in a coolly understated way.
A well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose.
Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules.
Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery.
It's not sharp or ironic, but drab and downbeat. Unfortunately, it's also going to feel utterly familiar to those who've seen their share of independent dramas in the last 15 years.
A small-scale but thoroughly engrossing drama full of strong performances and sharp dialogue.
Hopefully, more moviegoers will catch a performance as promising as this Turn in another rack.
We're left after this terse and anxious film knowing nothing more about the world than that Janssen looks cool bending over and glaring at the eight-ball
A modest, grittily surfaced film that, while nothing earth-shaking, manages to hold your interest, despite its basic been-there/done-that premise.
captures the scant, fetid tone of broken down pool halls and cracked glass bars infested with third-rate hustlers and frat boys slumming for a hustle
No glamorized games here, just a bleak look at a bleak story of a woman trying to crawl her way up from a life of limited options.
It's a bumpy film, and though no one may see it, it's impossible to imagine it playing as gracefully, like its effectively open-ended finale, without Janssen's conviction to her role.
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