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Don't Come Knocking Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The story is as meandering as it is self-indulgent.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

June 1, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 13, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 21, 2006
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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Suffers badly from an emotional aimlessness.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Don't Come Knocking isn't noticeably relevant or insightful, even if you're able to suspend disbelief long enough to buy the idea of a western movie star in the 21st Century.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2006
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The kind of movie you stretch out in, wander around, and -- like the characters onscreen -- just let happen to you.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

April 20, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It degenerates into one of those scream-o-ramas, an emotional hellzapoppin', where everybody tries to make everybody else cry.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 13, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As arresting as the images are, Shepard's clunky, soap-opera banter brings most everything, and everyone, crashing down to earth.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Shards of honesty pierce the action, true little moments that wound or heal a weak man in a flawed story.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It has the feel of an idea that was kicked around without ever finding its footing.

April 7, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A moving film that hangs with you like a favorite vacation to red-rock country.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 7, 2006
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Burdened with uneven acting and portentous dialogue, the film has one important saving grace. Franz Lustig's cinematography exquisitely captures the grandeur and loneliness of the American West.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

April 7, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It walks a fine line between sentimentality and satire, but rarely stumbles, thanks to a cast that is captivating to hear and watch.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

April 6, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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[A] big-hearted failure of a film.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 24, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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A pretentious drama about a formerly famous movie star undergoing an identity crisis.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 24, 2006
Misha Berson
Seattle Times
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For those in tune with Shepard's oeuvre; Wenders' sly, muted tone; and the exquisite cinematography of Franz Lustig, Don't Come Knocking can be quirkily resonant.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's a beautiful mess, but it's a mess all the same.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

March 23, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There are so many good performances here.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 20, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This is the Diet Coke of existentialism. One calorie. Not existential enough.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

March 17, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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More a cry of regret than a coherent story.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Despite a fine cast, the film feels as lost as Howard, unsure of its direction or tone.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 16, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Visually majestic but dramatically inert.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Lustig's cinematography has a Walker Evans-like power.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

March 16, 2006
Gene Seymour
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Much as you want to walk away from the messes it makes, Don't Come Knocking is like a performing panhandler on the subway whose shtick is just funny enough to grab your attention -- along with a little loose change.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A weirdly atonal film that lurches between heavy-breathing comedy and dramatic overkill.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 16, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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What gives it a vital, touching dimension is that Shepard, as actor and writer, depicts Howard's burnout from a hard-bitten inside knowledge of celebrity's privileges and traps.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

March 15, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Don't Come Knocking would cure even Tom Waits of barroom whimsy for life.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 14, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The longer Don't Come Knocking goes on, the less interesting it becomes, its considerable promise sacrificed by a director's inability to keep his self-indulgences in check.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

March 10, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A dry, spare, odd and oddly satisfying drama about a modern-day lonesome cowboy, lost in a desert of his own making, who seeks salvation by searching out those he left behind.

May 20, 2005
Todd McCarthy
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Strikes some resonant chords but also hits notes that simply don't ring true and are borderline risible at times.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 19, 2005
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