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Drunkboat (2012)

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40

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 86

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Drunkboat tells the story of a young teenager, Abe (Jacob Zachar) who manipulates the unsuspecting help of his alcoholic uncle (John Malkovich) to buy a boat (a Drunkboat) from a con man (John Goodman) when his mother (Dana Delaney) is out of town. The story resonates with the struggle of Uncle Mort, making the story much deeper than a simple tale of a boy and his boat. Both the uncle and Abe come of age in the story. -- (C) Official Site

PG,

Drama

Bob Meyer

Sep 25, 2012

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

"Drunkboat" might have come off via nothing more than acting ability and a good heart, if the dialogue didn't amount mostly to aimless chit-chat.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The burnished smear of Lisa Rinzler's photography is a plus, but "Drunkboat" is ultimately the kind of pet project that never traverses from personal to powerful.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Though studied and grating at times, "Drunkboat" does sustain a distinct, odd tone. Like its characters it's dreamily restless and prey to its own quixotic ideas.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This enigmatic coming-of-age movie often seems destined to sail off the deep end. Yet it rights itself just often enough to keep you watching.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[An] incoherent drama.

July 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
Village Voice
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A passion project ill suited to cinematic adaptation, or at least sludgy, unresolved, mannered and grating in its realized incarnation.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

... feels like an intimate, idiosyncratic acting workshop that might have worked better on stage.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Undercooked, lazy and frustratingly underwhelming despite solid performances.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Drunkboat is a "small" movie that plays like a mawkish, Friedberg/Seltzer riff on a small movie.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Horribly written, shockingly amateur. Contrived and exhausting don't begin to summarize this inert disaster.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

In the end, "Drunkboat" is no "Glengarry Glen Ross" or "American Buffalo," and even if it were, the real Mamet has always worked better onstage than on film.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Held up from release for years, probably because nobody knew what to make of it, the film deserves a look, and Meyer is a talent worth watching.

July 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Drunkboat

Unfortunately, spectacular acting by John Malkovich can't save this film from itself and its hackneyed plot; there are some great moments but as a whole, it just didn't hold my interest, and I couldn't invest in the adolescent protagonist or his mother. No stakes - a wasted performance.
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