Around the Bend Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
Michael Caine and Christopher Walken breath spirited life into debut writer/director Jordan Roberts' road trip of family bonding in this independent movie with a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com
July 25, 2005
...in many ways the softer scenes have more punch to them than any of the emotional confrontations or dramatic revelations
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 23, 2005
An unusual, oddly satisfying film that's part road movie and part emotional drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 24, 2005
The film is not quite the deep drama or outrageous comedy it tries to be, but an engaging little story nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 5, 2004
I liked "Around the Bend" enough to wish it were a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 28, 2004
[W]alks a fine line that many films fall to navigate: the one that divides wacky-for-wacky's-sake from the wacky kind of oddballness that characterizes, you know, life.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 27, 2004
The dynamo performance Walken provides is akin to what Michael Jordan did on the basketball court, making everyone around him better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
October 27, 2004
Endearing performances and a witty script make up for the awkward pacing and maudlin premise. **
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 24, 2004
Jordan Roberts' feature debut pulls off the dizzying high-wire act of being both a misty-eyed glimpse into four generations of the men in the Lair family and a steely meditation on manhood, parenting, and the pitfalls thereof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 22, 2004
A sentimental journey, to be sure, but is saved by bleakly humorous moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 22, 2004
In Michael Caine and Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas, [Roberts has] surrounded himself with a first-rate cast who, with one exception, seize the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 21, 2004
This movie is too precious by half, but the smooth, unhurried performances of Caine and Walken (along with the sturdy work of Josh Lucas) allow plenty of room for forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 21, 2004
There are a couple of minor detours, but on the whole the movie never loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2004
Sometimes you have to dig up the past and deal with it. Life is full of little surprises and nice moments and this movie has both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
October 15, 2004
A subdued Walken brings magic to the sweet tale of a dysfunctional family.
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 14, 2004
While his recent movies have only teased us with his greatness, this one offers the full Christopher Walken.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 11, 2004
Although I was kind of lukewarm on the picture before the ending, wanting to like more than I was able to, the surprise in the conclusion won me over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 11, 2004
This might have been a standard-issue, generational male-bonding road movie, if not for the amazing work of Christopher Walken.
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
October 8, 2004
True to the male-bonding genre template, Around the Bend is a road movie that churns up everything required for a good laugh and a good cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005

BBC.com
April 20, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 22, 2004

Boston Phoenix
October 19, 2004
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