Jack Goes Boating Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2010
It's not easy to adapt a stage play to the screen and make it seem like something other than canned theater, a problem directors have dealt with throughout the history of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
September 28, 2010
A Podcast with Amy Ryan, star of Gone Baby Gone and Jack Goes Boating.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 3, 2010
I love Philip Seymour Hoffman, but his directing debut, like so many American Indies, features strong characters cursed by a lack of story, purpose and pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Aaron Hillis
Time Out
September 15, 2010
It's a mighty awkward adaptation for such an uncomplicated project...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
November 3, 2011
Take Jack's lead and give this one a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 25, 2010
A sensitively rendered piece which unfortunately lacks sufficient heft to work as either a romantic drama or a musing on life's daily miseries.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
February 3, 2011
Hoffman, the unofficial king of indie films, gets a bit too precious with his directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 15, 2010
Carries an overpowering scent of writerly affectation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 25, 2010
Sometimes you go to the movies wanting a ridiculous I-love-you! dash to the airport instead of a relentless reflection of your own boring or bile-filled existence.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 18, 2011
An indescribable little film of behaviors and performance, and while that effort is commendable, the picture can't help but come off insincere, waiting patiently for some sign of cinematic life that isn't completely affected.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
September 15, 2010
To say this snoozy, awkward movie is an 'acting showcase' would be unfair to the vastly superior work these performers have done elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 12, 2010
Glaudini expects character tics to substitute for plot development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
September 23, 2010
Just another movie that could be titled Sad Guy in New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 22, 2010
A characteristically morose wallow in indie-style shoe-gazing that should only please the most dedicated fans of the talented Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 27, 2010
[T]he oddball-ness of Jack and Connie is strained and -- excellent performances by both actors aside -- fails to ring true...
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 22, 2010
Hoffman is stymied by the difficult task of transforming stage material into a movie; Jack Goes Boating's camera just sits there while actors act.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 16, 2010
Jack Goes Boating wasn't a particularly witty or insightfully written play to begin with, and much of its elemental charm has dissipated upon being put to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 7, 2010
The magnitude of the acting overshadows the modest reach of the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 7, 2010
...a periodically passable yet oppressively uneven piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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