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Nobody Walks (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 13

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23

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 2,889

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Movie Info

Martine (Oliva Thirlby), an artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to work on her film. She is staying with friends of a friend, Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt), her husband Peter (John Krasinski), Julie's teenage daughter Kolt (India Ennenga), and their young son. From the day that Martine walks into the the lives of this open-minded, relaxed California family, everything issubtly set off balance....Peter is helping Martine complete the sound design on her art film and they collaborate closely

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Ry Russo-Young

Jan 22, 2013

$25.0k

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (24)

This dreary independent drama is essentially an art-world soap opera, but without the melodramatic verve that makes some soap operas interesting.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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What we have here is a household ripe with seduction, lust, betrayal and repression, all kept below the surface by increasingly strained good manners.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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...a self-important nightmare ... shallow script and boring situations. Perhaps that is the simplest way to sum up the film, boring. Offensively boring.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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The direction is decent, and the film is handsome. But it's finally frustrating, enigmatic in a way that suggests emptiness more than mystery.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] lackluster indie drama ...

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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You feel the characters' pangs as they spin out of control, and you are reminded of how easy it is for a careless sexual adventurer to destroy relationships and families on a whim, without even fully realizing it.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Full of humor and humanity, Nobody Walks is an emotionally complex, acutely observed and sensual film and one of the best at Sundance this year.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

A bushel full of familiar indie-film devices held together by honest writing and charming performers.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A movie made by women about men who misunderstand sexual signals, behaving badly, and the women who are stuck dealing with their bruised egos.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's soap opera with a Hollywood tan.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nervous, intriguingly sour little character study.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Nobody does much of anything else, either, and that's the problem in this meandering and pretentious low-budget comedy.

October 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

...part comedy and part hipster horror film.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A defiance of expectations and exploration of sexual politics that challenges convention--both in art and in real life.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Interesting but unsatisfying film about infidelity.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A few scenes hint at the potential of the piece, while the rest of the effort seems more interested in curling up for a nap.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

A compelling portrait of the different shades of sex.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Nobody Walks

Co-written by Lena Dunham and director Ry Russo-Young, this is a little indie film that could have been something great, but is instead something greatly terrible.

This artsy and poetic film is about Martine- a young woman who comes to L.A. to finish work on an experimental art film. She is staying in the pool house of Peter and Julie, who are helping her out as a favor to a mutual friend of theirs and Martine's. Peter is a sound designer whose expertise could prove invaluable to Martine's project. But, her arrival shakes things up more than expected, and it becomes a situation that no one will emerge from unscathed.

I really wanted to like this film, because I thought it looked really engaging. Instead, this ends up being a slow, boring, meandering, and pretentiousness slog through a tedious melodramatic situation. It's artsy and poetic, but not really meaningful. It's adds up to basically nothing, and, for an 85 minute film, it's also got a really unnecessary subplot that could have been greatly condensed, if not axed completely.

The film is well shot, yeah, I'll give it that, but it's ultimately hollow and pointless. The characters are all pretty much unlikable, but yet, I thought that the performances were actually okay, which is a shame since the movie itself is awful. It's good to see John Krasinski expand his range, but it sucks that this is now a part of his legacy. Same with Olivia Thirlby. I've always dug her, but this is an embarrassment.

Rarely do I give reviews this negative, but I couldn't help it here. This was just a real disappointing chore to get through, and I really urge you to avoid it.
August 19, 2013
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Chris Weber

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"Nobody Walks is a artsy film that is suppose to be poetic and meaningful. I got the atrsy part and even the poetic part. The meaningful part is what I am having problems grasping. The film is pointless and has no real conclusion. Some films can work with just being that. This one, not so much. It's basically about lust and betrayal. A girl moves in with the family, there on business, ends up being a little whore messing around with just about every male she encounters. Olivia Thirlby plays Martine, a very unlikable character. I just didn't like her at all in this. Although, I did enjoy the performance from some of the actors, like John Krasinski and India Ennenga. She's a good little actress. The movie is obviously one I wouldn't see again. It's a shame. I usually really enjoy artsy indie flicks. But this one just didn't do it for me."
February 25, 2013
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Super Reviewer

An especially weak film without much substance, Nobody Walks is a dry and monotonous indie drama. The story follows a young filmmaker who comes to L.A. to collaborate on her film and disrupts the lives of the family that she's staying with. The plot doesn't go anywhere and has no point to it. Surprisingly there's a lot of talent in the cast, including John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Dylan McDermott. But despite the strong cast, there's nothing in the script to work with. Nobody Walks is an inane piece of trite that has no focus.
April 4, 2013
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Rather self-indulgent, "Nobody Walks" hints at thoughtful performances and poetic revelations but never quite delivers. Olivia Thirlby is gorgeous with short hair, but her wishy-washy, home-wrecking naivety works against her performance and leaves a bitter taste by the end. However, she does show a depth of maturity as an actress, unseen in her previous performances, showing signs of a dependable leading lady, given the right direction and part. John Krasinski is the only shred of hope for the film and even he is unable to rectify any sort of emotional growth or understanding, as Rosemarie DeWitt twaddles through her role with a blank expression. The characters learn nothing from their exploits and after the credits you really wonder if anyone in the film is any better off than they were in the beginning and whether anything actually happened in the course of the film. The truth is, when films have such reckless abandon for sticking to the mundane of everyday life, I tend to believe they are based on the writer's personal life, basically an autobiography with hardly any of the facts changed. And though this may be interesting to the writer, the people that eventually view the film have zero emotional connection to the characters, similar to the phrase, "I guess you had to be there". Having never seen Ry Russo-Young's previous directing endeavors, I have nothing to compare it to, but "Nobody Walks" screams of a nubile director still searching for that distinction between herself and the countless other independent directors producing middle level variants of everyday life.
February 6, 2013
xas5

Super Reviewer

    1. Julie: Want to talk about your little crush on our house guest?
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
    1. Martine: Peter is helping me with the sound.
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
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