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Around the Bend Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2004
Calling this 'tired' gives fatigue a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 29, 2004
In the end Around the Bend isn't an awful movie. It's merely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 22, 2004
Walken manages to deliver something pure and heartfelt here. Unfortunately, he's doing so in a film weighed down by coincidences and quirks.
| Original Score: C
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 22, 2004
Seems to think it's extra-crunchy, but winds up a pretty regular affair.
| Original Score: C
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 22, 2004
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 22, 2004
When Roberts should be avoiding the potholes of sentimentality and cliche ... he drives straight at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 15, 2004
First-time filmmaker Jordan Roberts worked on this project for years, but merely ended up with dreary cliche.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 15, 2004
It's so programmatic, so dogged in hitting the right steps at the right time that it completely lacks spontaneity.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 15, 2004
The movie, sadly, wants us to be all warm and cozy. It wants to tuck us into bed. Try not to fall asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 15, 2004
Would be a much bigger treat if dramas like this weren't already plentiful on cable television.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 15, 2004
It's one of those films where the characters always seem to be Behaving, as if ordinary life has to be jacked up into eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 15, 2004
Of course, audiences need and deserve tales of family reconciliation, but that doesn't make this one any less bogus at its softly fluttering heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 14, 2004
Sadly, this predictable film will not mean as much to audiences as it obviously does to its creator.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2004
A sobby road movie marked, and marred, by labored performances.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2004
Roberts sat on his script for years, and it has gone stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 14, 2004
A somewhat predictable tale of family bonding, given some grit and grace by Christopher Walken and Michael Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 8, 2004
If you are not anesthetized by the ploddingly sincere direction of Jordan Roberts, the unrelenting country/ pop hit parade on the soundtrack will put you in a stupor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 8, 2004
Around the Bend unflinchingly deals with grief and emotional scars, but it offers a life-affirming meditation on familial ties that bind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 8, 2004
It's a shame we only get a hint of substance at the close of the story, and have to sit through so many lame jokes and so much labored symbolism to get there.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 8, 2004
Walken invests Turner, a former convict and heroin addict, with a world-weariness and pathos that far exceed anything in the script -- or the terrible makeup he's wearing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 8, 2004
Despite an absolutely wonderful performance by Walken as a man tortured by his conscience, the trip is a clunky affair, with strained moments of both humor and bathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2004
Gentlemen, it's a male chick flick -- 'The Dirty Secrets of the Ya-Ya Brotherhood.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 7, 2004
Jordan Roberts's debut as a film director is a heavily padded, thinly conceived, well-meaning movie about four generations of men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 7, 2004
It's the showy story, script, and even staging that wear a fella out in this relentlessly precious feature debut by writer-director Jordan Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
October 7, 2004
[There is] a final revelation which, however anticipated, however contrived, stings just enough to make it feel like life.
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
October 6, 2004
Veers deep into male-weepie territory even before the dramatic appearance of one character's baby picture provokes a climactic father-son confrontation.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
September 29, 2004
Years of tinkering have left a residue of predictability -- a forced feeling of familial bonding burdened with an air of determined idiosyncrasy.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
September 2, 2004
Although the story often feels contrived, honest performances and smart direction keep the film just the right side of sentimental.