Don't Come Knocking Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
The bitterness of the playwright's vision is expanded by the director's fascinated fondness for American culture
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 4, 2007
hardly Wenders' most adventurous feature, although perhaps his bravest, dramatising not only the director's undoubted influence on the last 20 years of indie cinema, but also his increasing redundancy within it.
Richard Falcon
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
[It has] a terrific sense of place, something missing from much contemporary US cinema.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 26, 2006
Wim Wenders y Sam Shepard (Paris, Texas) recuperan (en excelente fotografía y mejor música) una iconografía norteamericana al servicio de una historia sobre el desarraigo y la necesidad de recuperar vínculos largamente perdidos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2006
The charm here is in watching Shepard and Lange, and Shepard and Saint play off one another, and the leisurely pace of the 'discoveries' that aren't really secrets in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 18, 2006
A sparse, rolling drama with some strong laughs that prods at a western movie star's surprising past.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2006
Superb supporting performances from Polley and Baulk go some way to making up for our hero's lesser qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
May 6, 2006
Don't Come Knocking might have been better in the hands of a less self-conscious director, but it's nonetheless a captivating drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Sobczynski
May 6, 2006
Another masterpiece from Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 6, 2006
Provocative and haunting, but as a moviegoing experience, it's rather elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2006
With its wonderful veteran cast, its heart on its sleeve, and a love for the landscape that suffuses its technique, Don't Come Knocking is a peculiar but rewarding escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
That the movie doesn't deepen so much as trail off is a frustrating but fitting embodiment of a protagonist who's never taken responsibility for anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
April 27, 2006
An engaging drama with strong performances and gorgeous photography, this a minor return to form for director Wim Wenders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 20, 2006
The kind of movie you stretch out in, wander around, and -- like the characters onscreen -- just let happen to you.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 13, 2006
The story is faintly ridiculous, but the cinematography and composition are beautiful and even stunning.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
April 12, 2006
It's a tale prevalent in movies today ... men who have run from family and responsibility begin to yearn for what they've left behind.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
April 7, 2006
It's a spry and estimable film, rich in ideas, absolutely lovely to behold, and providing evidence that there's still ample life in the old pros who made it.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 7, 2006
Shards of honesty pierce the action, true little moments that wound or heal a weak man in a flawed story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 7, 2006
A moving film that hangs with you like a favorite vacation to red-rock country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

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Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
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Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2006
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