Bonneville Reviews

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 23, 2008
While the premise of this roadtrip come buddy movie may be based on loss, the journey we take is a vibrant one
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2008
Bonneville is scarcely original and in no way earthshaking, but its notable cast is a pleasure to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 25, 2008
The characters, situations and resolutions all are predictable and fit like a warm, stretched-out sweater with holes in the elbows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 29, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 29, 2008
... 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 | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 29, 2008
It's the three leads who really make this material work. Lange is very sympathetic and relatable as Arvilla, while Bates injects some needed humor. And Allen is pitch-perfect as usual, as the film's moral center of sorts.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 29, 2008
Except for Jessica Lange's silent, expressive close-ups, the women's journey in Bonneville is aesthetically and dramatically unremarkable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
February 28, 2008
The actresses make certain you understand their motivations and quirks. It helps Bonneville step away from Lifetime Television treacle into something palatable. Perhaps even charming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Armond White
New York Press
February 27, 2008
It feels like the first healthy sign of post-Borat unification.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 27, 2008
The actors make us happy to be along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 27, 2008
At the very least, Bonneville deserves to be seen as a challenge and a rebuke to our supposedly youth-obsessed age.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 27, 2008
Open the big cinema floodgates and Bonneville is just a trickle of Poland Spring, but the trio of ladies are always watchable.
Prairie Miller
February 25, 2008
The director needed to get a better grip on the destination of this scattered narrative, along with the actual journey. Though the sheer pleasure of Bonneville is simply watching these three gifted actresses work their magic on the movie.
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David Rooney
October 18, 2008
It's depressing to see a deluxe cast wasted on such by-the-numbers material.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 31, 2008
The story just doesn't do enough to pull the heartstrings.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
August 29, 2008
Unfortunately, it's as flimsy as tissue, and the actresses, all 50+, really do more with the material...than it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
August 29, 2008
A film full of emotional false notes, bad dialogue and cardboard characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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