• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Chris Eigeman
    In Theaters:
    May 9, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 22, 2008
  • Screen Media


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Turn the River Reviews

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Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Hopefully, more moviegoers will catch a performance as promising as this Turn in another rack.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 18, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

May 16, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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A well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 16, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C-

May 15, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

A modest, grittily surfaced film that, while nothing earth-shaking, manages to hold your interest, despite its basic been-there/done-that premise.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 9, 2008
Rafer Guzman
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A small-scale but thoroughly engrossing drama full of strong performances and sharp dialogue.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2008
Paul Brenner

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2008
Matt Pais

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.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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What Eigeman needs is a stronger sense of style and storytelling if he wants to elevate the material past the stock indie-miserabilism mark.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

May 8, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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The sense of storytelling intelligence is undeniable.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 7, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Skip the coda to this movie, with its tiny upswing of hope, and remember the days at the tables, as dim and endless as nights, and the click of the dialogue.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 5, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The movie has a mixture of edginess and melancholy that's beautifully sustained until the climax, when the tang of realism becomes the cudgel of melodrama.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

May 5, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2008
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Turn the River, sometimes like Kailey herself and sometimes not, has a laudable habit of pulling back at the right moments and proving its mettle in unexpected ways.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B-

April 26, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
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[This] atmospheric pic positively vibrates with authenticity.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 14, 2007
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
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