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Loggerheads (2005)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 12

Loggerheads is an understated, quietly moving character study, bolstered by great performances.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 5

Loggerheads is an understated, quietly moving character study, bolstered by great performances.



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Tim Kirkman wrote and directed Loggerheads, a film that follows three different storylines that all transpire over the course of a Mother's Day weekend, but take place at different times. One of the stories features a man who arrives in a coastal North Carolina town in order to preserve turtles that are endangered. He becomes involved with a local businessman and must decide where he feels in his heart that he belongs. A second story concerns a woman who begins to feel her small-town changing in


Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Tim Kirkman

Mar 21, 2006

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

The dramatic tension is nil. But the performances, particularly by Hunt (in a non-comedic role, for a change), are worth a look.

February 3, 2006
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... an understated and heartfelt story, superbly acted, with a strong sense of people and place.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Despite a meandering tone, Loggerheads is consistently watchable thanks to committed actors playing recognizable, decent folks just trying to do the right thing -- or rectify mistakes of the past.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This quiet community and family drama set on the North Carolina shore offers a bighearted outlook on how to absorb change and defeat.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Slow, unadorned, compassionate, and earnest, Loggerheads is a low-fi throwback to the independent films of the 1980s and '90s -- heartland miniatures hewn from plainspoken lives.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Loggerheads has the best qualities of independent filmmaking.

November 11, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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the kind of movie that makes you feel more like an eavesdropper than a viewer

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source:

"Loggerheads" is like a person who never raises her voice, yet somehow you know to pay attention to every word she says.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The movie could have benefited from a lighter touch ...

January 26, 2006
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie weaves flawless performances by Bonnie Hunt, Chris Sarandon, Michael Learned and others into a mesmerizing tapestry of familial yearning and loss.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

... if you can shake out some of the chafing bits of sand that weigh down Loggerheads, you'll find a heartfelt story about people coming to terms with irrevocable loss.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film is very smart in recognizing that being gay is about a lot more than whom you sleep with.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

You're in deep.

December 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The stories unfold at about the speed of a turtle slowing crawling across the sand, but eventually you get the whole picture and it becomes a moving story of love and redemption.

December 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

A chamber piece of subtle touches, finely acted, the movie has time jumps that are a little confusing.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

... a quietly impressive, nuanced essay about the emotional politics of abandonment, adoption and atonement that needs no dispensation for its small budget.

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Freshness aside, Loggerheads is beautifully performed (especially by Hunt and Harper), and the script is finely attuned to the nuances of communication that has nothing to do with words.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Filled with magnificent performances from Tess Harper, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Learned and Chris Sarandon, the movie is weighty without being overwhelming

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Audience Reviews for Loggerheads

A bit sappy but very likeable movie about a woman's search for the child she gave up for adoption.
April 4, 2009

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