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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

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Michael Steinberg, co-director of The Waterdance, made his solo directorial debut with the Gen-X character study Bodies, Rest & Motion. Written by Roger Hedden, based on his own play, the film's title refers to Newton's First Law of Motion, which states essentially that a body at rest or in motion will remain in that state until acted upon by an external force. The film is set in the desert town of Enfield, AZ. Nick (Tim Roth) is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively

Jun 24, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Uncompelling but moderately engaging.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film squeaks in its joints whenever it tries too hard to make a 'generational statement,' and may annoy you with its glibness, but it manages to hold one's interest -- surprisingly at times, given the lightweight characters.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A laid-back look at youthful rootlessness which never really catches fire.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The other actors share an easy, appealing rapport and a flair for dry understatement, which is the film's prevailing tone.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In an era when many motion pictures are going for 'big,' it's nice to see well-known actors in a 'small' film like this.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Every generation spends a while in the navel observatory before learning that it's a shallow, lint-clogged pursuit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The strength of it, the subtext of revolving door relationships, would have been better served if allowed to remain more subtle.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Excruciating.

November 15, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

The narrative applies Newton's famous law to charcaters that are in rest (more inertsia here), forced to move by an external stimulus. The acting is good, but overall a static, venetless feature.

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's overall well-acted but often too stupid to bear.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A generally winning romantic comedy possessing an unusual degree of self-importance, Bodies, Rest and Motion works primarily because of its likable cast.

September 7, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Annoying.

July 31, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not much motion, but plenty of reason to rest

June 26, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

This movie always reminds me of why I dig Eric Stoltz.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Forgettable rom-com fodder

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Zeroes in on the efforts of four characters in their 20s struggling with the contradictory desires for roots and wings.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A great indie-list cast makes the angst worth watching.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

They may be archetypes of my peers, but it's really hard to even care.

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

The charms of the performances and the likable, subtle comic driftings can be quite stimulating.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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Good indie film.
May 2, 2008
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