Don't Come Knocking Reviews

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Corey Hall
Orlando Weekly
May 18, 2006
Though there are a few great moments from the supporting players, they can't compensate for the emotional doughnut at the center of the story: a selfish, inarticulate lump where a leading man should be.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2006
... the story ... isn't big enough to stand up to the characters who blow through it or to resist being overwhelmed by the geography on which it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2006
Don't Come Knocking finally doesn't work for me, because instead of embodying its themes it seems to be regarding them from outside, with awe, as if it is the high school production of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 16, 2006
A weirdly atonal film that lurches between heavy-breathing comedy and dramatic overkill.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 6, 2006
Often occupying more than half the screen, the sky is like a character in the movie, but, unfortunately, it's the most interesting character in the film, which has a bright, distinct look and dull, forgettable people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
February 24, 2006
This is just another male menopause movie, marred by unlikely dialogue and hokey theatrical symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
It degenerates into one of those scream-o-ramas, an emotional hellzapoppin', where everybody tries to make everybody else cry.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 6, 2006
The narrative that unfolds in the wake of Spence's journey recalls Paris but walks too heavy for a character study to gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 19, 2005
Strikes some resonant chords but also hits notes that simply don't ring true and are borderline risible at times.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 17, 2006
This is the Diet Coke of existentialism. One calorie. Not existential enough.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
Apart from an extraordinary scene of attempted reconciliation between Shepard and Lange "Don't Come Knocking" is an inflated drama that lies stagnate on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 21, 2006
Spence has much in common with Shepard and Wenders. They seem equally bewildered about what to do, other than spending nearly two hours demonstrating that Spence is a self-pitying fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 23, 2006
The outcome of [this] journey is already all too familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
By the time we get to the point where the camera is endlessly circling Shepard sitting on a sofa in the middle of the street, it feels as if he and his director were making things up as they went along.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 23, 2006
"Don't Come Knocking" marches to Wim Wender and Sam Shepard's own drumbeat and may not appeal to other than the art house crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 23, 2006
... a meandering country-and-western pop tune that sings its lyrics with a chagrined contrition and a crooked smile.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 24, 2006
... is so meandering it can make a sober viewer into a drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 14, 2006
Don't Come Knocking would cure even Tom Waits of barroom whimsy for life.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 17, 2006
More a cry of regret than a coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
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