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Bonneville (2006)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: The amazing cast of Bonneville is paired up with a basic, predictable script and lackluster direction.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: The amazing cast of Bonneville is paired up with a basic, predictable script and lackluster direction.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 28,868


Movie Info

A woman looking to fulfill her late husband's final wish sets out on a transformative cross-country road trip in director Christopher N. Rowley's warmhearted tale of friendship, self-discovery, and the memories that make life worth living even after the ones we love have gone. Arvilla (Jessica Lange)'s husband Joe has recently died during a trip to Borneo, and his ashes have just arrived at her home in Pocatello, ID. Though Joe had previously specified in his will that he would like his ashes … More

PG (for some mild language and innuendo)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Daniel D. Davis
In Theaters:
Jul 8, 2008
Box Office:
Senart Films Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bonneville

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (24) | DVD (1)

It's depressing to see a deluxe cast wasted on such by-the-numbers material.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Bonneville is scarcely original and in no way earthshaking, but its notable cast is a pleasure to behold.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

When you've got three of the nation's best actresses in leading roles, it doesn't matter if your script is only adequate and the audience really has to squint here and there to believe what's happening on the screen.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There are zero surprises in the road comedy Bonneville, sadly including the fact that three middle-age actresses with three Oscars and nine nominations among them couldn't find anything more challenging to do.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

There's no avoiding the fact that Christopher Rowley's feature debut is as uninspired and predictable as your average Lifetime movie.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Yes, the film deals with women of an age who are usually ignored in film, and it further deals with questions of mortality and loss, which are equally overlooked. The problem is, it doesn't deal with them very well.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

The story just doesn't do enough to pull the heartstrings.

Full Review… | August 31, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Unfortunately, it's as flimsy as tissue, and the actresses, all 50+, really do more with the material...than it deserves.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Courier Mail (Australia)

Thank heavens for the practical presence and humour of Bates, and the quiet conservatism of Allen's performance as a pious woman scared of too much freedom.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

A film full of emotional false notes, bad dialogue and cardboard characters...

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
The Age (Australia)

For a film about discovering your own journey, it sure sticks to the main roads.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
The Australian

While the premise of this roadtrip come buddy movie may be based on loss, the journey we take is a vibrant one

Full Review… | August 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile

What happens when you take 3 of the best dramatic actresses of all time and put them together in a road movie? Pretty much a movie that should have wound up on Lifetime.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

Bonneville gets by - barely - on the strength of its three leading ladies.

Full Review… | June 28, 2008
Donne Tempo

Clearly, this fatiguing femme drama is Lifetime, Oxygen or straight-to-DVD grade level. To put it in theatres is a gross overreach.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
Cinema Signals

The characters, situations and resolutions all are predictable and fit like a warm, stretched-out sweater with holes in the elbows.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

... to see all that potential wasted on what's little more than a washed-out, milquetoast road trip comedy for the soon-to-be senior set is just a travesty.

Full Review… | April 12, 2008

Patronizing an underserved audience with this kind of half-baked fare is a cinematic crime not easily forgiven.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008

A heartfelt drama about a grieving woman who embarks with her two best friends on a pilgrimage across the West seeking meaning and closure.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Spirituality and Practice

... sticks to a soothingly familiar itinerary, providing a welcome showcase for Jessica Lang, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen. As expected, they prove mighty good company along the way %u2014 which is fortunate, because there's nothing much else that qualifies

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Las Vegas Review-Journal

It's a shame that it's such predictable pablum, full of easy lessons and obvious sentiment. The prodigiously talented Allen, Bates and Lange give it their all, but there's a limit to what even they can do with platitudes and prefabricated homilies.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's just great to see these three in sizable roles instead of being stuck in Hollywood movies where they pop up briefly to wash the dishes and dispense advice to the hot actress who's the star of the thing.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Bonneville


This is more a movie aimed at older women (no comments that I am not that far off. haha), but I didn't mind it. It follows Arvilla, (Jessica Lange), who has recently lost her husband. I thought it dealt very well with her grief and it felt very real and sad. She ends up in a situation where she discovers her husband did not update his will and his old one specifies that his daughter, Francine, from a previous marriage, gets the house. Christine Baranski is horrible as Francine. I mean that in a good way, it is a horrible character - Christine does a great job with it! One of the things that made me laugh was the awful shriek ringtone Arvilla had set on her mobile for when she calls.
Francine decides that Arvilla can keep the house, as long as she returns the ashes to her to be buried with his first wife. Arvilla is in turmoil as she knows this is not what her late husband wanted. She and her two girlfriends take a road trip to revisit some old memories and drop the ashes off to the Francine (or does she....).
It is fairly slight on plot once the roadtrip stuff starts, but it is a nice female buddy movie. I think it has been compared to Thelma and Louise a few times, and I could certainly see that. I dare say T & L is the better of the two, but this is nicely acted and rings true.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Cast: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt, Christine Baranski, Victor Rasuk, Tom Amandes, Tom Wopat, Robert Conder, Jayson Creek, Arabella Field, Kristen Marie Hullinger, Ivey Lloyd, Bruce Newbold, Steve O'Neill, Laura Park, Jodi Russell

Director: Christopher N. Rowley

Summary: This road trip yarn, follows three friends on a journey across the West after one of them is widowed. Along the way, they learn a thing or two about themselves, one another and life.

My Thoughts: " This film has three very talented leading ladies in it, Kathy Bates being my favorite. Arvilla is the adventurous one, Carol is the goody two-shoes, and Margene is the free spirited one. Together they all make for a good watch. The acting is strong and the story is as well. But there is no action no great adventure. BUT, I still enjoyed it. I felt like I was peeking in on the friendship of three best friends and enjoying the trip with them. Christine Baranski plays the daughter to the deceased and is a very unlikeable character. She has no sympathy for Arvilla Holden and is quite cruel to her. But then you have to sympathize with her just a tiny bit cause she too, is also grieving. This movie is not going to be for everyone, especially those who don't really like character driven stories. But I enjoyed it and thought it was time well spent."


Super Reviewer

This movie is Thelma and Louise with less theatrics. Not as good as T & L, but fun nonetheless.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Three wonderful actresses working together is reason enough to see this road movie. The script is nothing special and at times doesn't make the most sense but the ladies make it worth seeing and the scenery along the way is beautiful.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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