Jack Goes Boating Reviews

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Chase Whale
ChaseWhale.com
May 1, 2015
An exceptional directorial debut by Philip Seymour Hoffman, JACK GOES BOATING is a touching story about how of love is awkward, funny, and important.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
These characters are all writerly quirks, never once behaving remotely like recognizable human beings.
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Refreshingly optimistic without idealization, Jack Goes Boating gives us a fantastic cast and manages to be charming and witty without sacrificing integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
JACK GOES BOATING is a poignant story about how love can be (often at the same time) awkward, funny, and important.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 27, 2013
A low-energy/moments of heat romance that rewards the patient filmgoer and bores the impatient one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 20, 2012
We do see New York from some interestingly different angles and Jack goes on a voyage which might inspire others like him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 9, 2011
Hoffman has an intimate feel for the drama, yet he strives to open it out for the big screen with too many lyrical montages, and this occasionally blunts the more intense exchanges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2011
The characters feel a little too condescendingly conceived as "ordinary people" to make this meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 6, 2011
The movie is a quirky updating of the 1955 Oscar-winner Marty, but less hard-edged.
November 6, 2011
Seymour Hoffman's 'Fisher King' is far more edgy and risqué than fantastical, with some clumsy sexual explorative scenes ... It also has the wonderful one-on-one bromance moments ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 4, 2011
There's an improvisatory air, overlaid with quirky charm but never any bite. Hoffman's performance needs tougher, more focused direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Express
November 4, 2011
A plaintive, sensitively-handled tale reminiscent of vintage Hollywood dramas such as Marty that knew how to tell such stories without seeming quite so self-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 3, 2011
Hoffman's directing debut delivers a film so weak I could barely remember what it was about as I left the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
November 3, 2011
In places it has the airless feel of an over-workshopped piece, but is rescued by excellent performances: in particular Amy Ryan as Connie, Jack's shy would-be girlfriend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Raphael Abraham
Financial Times
November 3, 2011
With fine and affecting performances all round, this is an enjoyably old-fashioned ensemble piece and a solid start to a career behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
November 3, 2011
Take Jack's lead and give this one a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 2, 2011
Despite strong performances, this is ultimately a disappointing drama thanks to its emotionally closed-off characters, and a plodding script that can't quite escape its stagebound origins and never quite sparks to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
October 31, 2011
Philip Seymour Hoffman puts his oar in with a tender, thoughtful adaption of Robert Glaudini's stage play. A little too measured to deliver an emotional punch, it's nevertheless beautifully acted and at times rather lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 23, 2011
Mesmo não sendo um grande filme, é suficientemente sensível para reconhecer que, às vezes, até mesmo a vaga promessa de um passeio de barco é o bastante para que enxerguemos a possibilidade de felicidade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
June 20, 2011
It's all a tad schematic, and the direction is workmanlike but cautious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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