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Traveller (1996)

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79

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 6

Though it may not explore its core issues as deeply as some may like, Traveller is nevertheless a smart and funny portrait of a relatively unfamiliar subculture with some strong performances.

78

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

Though it may not explore its core issues as deeply as some may like, Traveller is nevertheless a smart and funny portrait of a relatively unfamiliar subculture with some strong performances.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 1,864

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Movie Info

Actor Bill Paxton produced this unusual film about a clan of Irish-American con artists practicing in the American South. They live in a secluded compound and have their own time-honored customs. Pat (Mark Wahlberg) is returning to the hideout for the funeral of his father, who irked the clan by marrying an outsider. Because his mother is not Irish, the compound's boss, Jack Costello (Luke Askew), tells him that he's no longer welcome there. But Bokky, played by Paxton, takes the younger man

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Jim McGlynn

Jul 25, 2000

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (6)

This fresh and interesting story about a tight-knit clan of Irish grifters in the rural South who make their living scamming is a ''con men on the road'' picture all the more welcome during a season of junky action thrillers...

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Eastwood's longtime lenser Jack Green makes a decent feature debut with a well-acted comedy-adventure that in its good moments recalls such classics as The Sting and The Grifters.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Though competently directed by Clint Eastwood's camerman Jack Green, matters unravel when the film ratchets up the tension and become entirely implausible at the close.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is a film about people who get by depending on antisocial skills and outlaw wit, and Green and writer Jim McGlynn clearly empathize with their independent spirit and lifestyle, even if they don't completely approve.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The film is just there on screen, better than watching a clock, better than contemplating mortality, an OK experience. There are movies like this. No sense in pretending otherwise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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While independent films flourish, they have nearly eradicated the scrappy B movie, of which this is an agile, enjoyable example.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Mark Wahlberg gives a fine, fine performance

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

Interesting slice-of-life about a deliberately little-known pocket of American culture.

March 10, 2004

An engrossing human drama set among a subculture unknown to most Americans.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Fascinating slice-of-life drama about a tightly knit clan of con men.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Traveller offers a fun, escapist ride when it allows moviegoers the thrill of taking part in the clever trickery, but it's even better when it explores the intense loyalty and Irish-based customs of these masterful thieves.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I was disappointed that it couldn't follow its genuinely good and original first half with a more interesting coda.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

There's something a bit dull about the movie that gives you the leisure to wonder what's so great about being a Traveller and so terrible about being excommunicated.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

For a movie about a highly unusual topic -- modern day Irish Gypsies in the South -- Traveller, disappointingly, never goes anywhere remotely unexpected.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Thanks to rich characterizations and a strong cast, this is one story of con men in which the "men" are more important than the "con."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Traveller has the kind of warmth and spirit that overrides any of its structural flaws. The excursion is well worth the fare.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Without any special effects or computer enhancements, the movie contents itself with weaving a tale full of characters worth caring about. A small picture certainly, but a delightful one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

There are a lot of mistakes that keep Traveller from being a very good film. They are minor, but they are pervasive.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

A film like Traveller makes you realize that all along, Paxton has inhabited his characters so well that his ability is transparent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Traveller

Traveller does a number of things well, with some funny scenes, strong performances, and a unique overall take on the "con game" subculture. At the same time, I did find the script to be at parts underwritten, and at parts overwritten. We never quite fully appreciate the clan, or how it impacted Wahlberg's father, making many of the character motivations murky. The ending also lost its way, with so many twists that the believability factor that the film had most of its run grew thin. The flaws are ultimately outweighed though, by the film's world building; the subculture, though not entirely fleshed out, feels real, the cons they play (predominately), feel oddly tired but effective. The world the film creates feels equally tragic, funny, and fascinating.

3/5 Stars
July 11, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Really cool smooth drama about a swindling gypsy (Bill Paxson) named Bokky Sherlock, that is the head swindler in the family of Irish clan who works for (Luke Askew) Boss Jack Costello. In turns for loyalty to the clan whatever they collect out of their swildlings, a percentage must be returned to care for the clan as well as protection for kinfolk.
Sure as it turns out, a young man (Mark Wahlberg) Pat O'Hara comes home to bury his father only to find resentment from the same folks that gave him a livelihood. Boss Jack Costello is against Pat O'Hara's staying because his father turned his back on the family, to find his true love outside the brood. Before matters can get any worse, Bokky steps in to take Pat in under his wing to show him the way of the clan, against Boss Jack's advised wishes. This movie really holds you in as the deeper the scams get the more interesting the story unravels...into an untimely, yet bloody ending. Timelessly interesting..with a catchy beginning "King Of The Road" tune. See this, it is not that bad!
December 20, 2011
Fascade518

Super Reviewer

When I saw this it was just called Traveller. Anyhow, what drew me to this was Paxton having a lead role. The story was great, telling the story of modern day gypsies; the scams they pull and the lifestyle they live. Add into the mix one of Mark Wahlberg's first performances and an excellent plot and I'm surprised this film isn't ranked higher in hidden gems category. Oh well, Paxton rules!
August 12, 2008
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