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Gerry (2002)

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61

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 39

The type of uncompromising film that divides filmgoers over whether it is profound or pretentious.

50

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 15

The type of uncompromising film that divides filmgoers over whether it is profound or pretentious.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 9,330

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Gus Van Sant returned to his roots in experimental filmmaking with this offbeat feature, whose dialogue was entirely improvised by its two person cast. Two men named Gerry (played by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck) are driving through the desert regions of Death Valley, traveling towards an unknown destination. They pull over and set out on foot, presuming they're getting close to what they've come to find. Before long, Gerry and Gerry are both lost in an unforgiving desert without food, water, or

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The two stars...[Casey Affleck and Matt Damon]...both playing characters named Gerry, wander across the desert for some reason, and if you enjoy watching them on any pretext, you'll probably enjoy this; if you don't, you won't.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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If you can get lost along with it, Van Sant's Gerry is actually anything but empty: At times it's tonically liberating.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Fascinating, even if perversely so, and quite beautiful.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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If nothing else, Gerry is restful, though I'm not sure that counts as a recommendation.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Now we know what happens when director Gus Van Sant gets bored. He makes us bored.

April 4, 2003
Arizona Republic
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There's a purity of purpose in Gerry -- a clean, unwavering focus -- that makes the movie feel strangely exhilarating, even when nothing is happening on the screen.

March 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A difficult, demanding sit, but it wouldn't have been nearly as fascinating and rewarding a film if it weren't.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Gerry, in all ways, is a film geek film. Not for mass consumption, perhaps, but nonetheless a potent expression for those that like this sort of thing.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Likely to sharply divide critics, Gerry goes back to his indie roots with a minimalist work that carries itself almost entirely through the awesome yet austere visuals and sounds.

July 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Absolutely transfixing at one moment and unbearably boring the next.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Although the images from the film are poetic and are more fondly recalled in hindsight, in this case art film for art film's sake doesn't fly very high.

April 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Hiking for Godot: Van Sant's existential Blair Witch Project's daemon lurks within.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Gerry proposes simplicity; even the most capsulated descriptions of it are dubious.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Nothing special to show at the end for this existential trip to nowhere.

November 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Are these guys as smart as they sound or as dumb as they act?

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The picture can be read as a warning about the perils of improvisation -- a neat joke given how fruitful that method proves here.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

One of those films that are better in hindsight - you won't forget the scenery and the torture of enduring it. See it if you're a masochist, don't bother if you're not.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Teletext
Teletext

Mesmerising, daring and defiantly leftfield.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

You have to stay with Gerry, which starts out as a willful stunt, turns into a sadistic endurance test and ends up as something surprisingly affable and engaging.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

In a hideously arty style Affleck, Damon and Van Sant actually tell us a few things about the man-vs-man and man-vs-nature debate. But you have to look pretty hard to get it.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

An amusing, sometimes rivetingly uneventful curiosity, nothing more.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The staggering beauty of the wilderness is set in contrapuntal rhythm with the staggering banality of the two Gerrys as they become more dispirited, more disoriented.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Though the film is shorter than two hours, it's so sluggishly paced and uninteresting that it feels as if it's actually several days long.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Gerry is a fascinating idea for a movie -- can you make a movie so boring that it transcends boredom? -- but not a fascinating movie.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for Gerry

An incredibly unique viewing experience, Gerry really puts you into the mindset of the characters. It feels like you're slowly but surely losing your mind and desperately trying to find your way out of a maze. The shooting style is incredible, simplistic yet beautiful. I love Gus Van Sant's vision mixed with video, it just seems to work perfectly. Matt Damon and Casey Affleck give about as good of performances as you could ask for, which is essential in a film where they are the main focus.
March 18, 2010
ythelastman89

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Uh oh. Up and down the mulberry bush with Gus Van Sant and another one of his personal projects. I don't quite get what he was after but it was fascinating to watch. I couldn't stop watching.
January 20, 2010
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This movie really shook me up. A minimalist, borderline abstract depiction of two young men fading slowly away in a remote, seemingly endless desert. The photography is unbelievably gorgeous, and Gus Van Sant's visual style captures the story's poetic tone perfectly. Casey Affleck and Matt Damon deliver performances as subtle and powerful as the film itself. Amazing stuff.
January 22, 2008
michaelcorleone

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