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Bonneville Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

August 31, 2008
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 2/4

August 29, 2008
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

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 Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2008
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1/4

August 29, 2008

The Australian

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

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 29, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 23, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 | Original Score: 2/4

July 22, 2008
Christian Toto
Donne Tempo

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

Full Review Source: Donne Tempo | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Bonneville is scarcely original and in no way earthshaking, but its notable cast is a pleasure to behold.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 30, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 1/5

May 12, 2008
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2008
Kim Voynar
Cinematical

... 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 Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2008
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2008
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

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

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 21, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

February 29, 2008
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

... 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 Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: B-

February 29, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 29, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
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