The Indian Runner Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Rambling, indulgent and joltingly raw at times, Sean Penn's first outing as a director takes a fair amount of patience to get through but has an integrity that intermittently serves it well.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Penn's first project as writer/director is a film out of time, drenched in an overbearing '60s world-view which veers between the dated and the dopey.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Loose, rambling and sometimes rudderless as it is, "The Indian Runner" has a fundamental honesty that gives it real substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Penn surrounds his brothers with supporting characters who are so well-realized, I'll remember them as long as I remember the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 1991
Penn is trying to get at gritty American ''truths'' about love, brutality, and blood ties. Somehow, though, it's all a bit pat: By now, even these stark themes have the ring of movie conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-