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Off the Map (2003)

tomatometer

70

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 64 | Rotten: 28

Excellent performances mark this leisurely paced film.

68

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 9

Excellent performances mark this leisurely paced film.

audience

84

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 3,300

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Campbell Scott directed this offbeat comedy drama about a free-thinking family who find themselves confronted by the more regimented outside world. Bo Groden (Valentina d'Angelis) is an 11-year-old girl growing up as part of a decidedly eccentric family in a small town in New Mexico. Bo's father, Charley (Sam Elliott), has fallen into a deep depression for reasons no one can understand, while her mother, Arlene (Joan Allen), holds the household together, raising most of their food in her

PG-13,

Drama

Aug 9, 2005

$1.3M

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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (28) | DVD (7)

Quiet and quirky, yet refreshingly unpretentious, Off the Map is a welcome sojourn in a place that seems strange, yet entirely familiar.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[A] lovely film, which hardly ever makes a move that feels wrong.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A journey into an austere land of moviemaking where few artists dare go.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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It's so focused on the subject that the downer mood becomes distressingly contagious.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Surprisingly enjoyable and insightful, full of hope and generosity, with characters and a story that not only satisfy but also shed light in various directions.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's supposed to invite you in, and it does, with eccentric characters, soft stories and a sense of spare solidity that feels more true than precious.

April 8, 2005
Detroit News
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You'll get more entertainment value by staring into your refrigerator than you will by watching this meandering meditation on what it means to be unclear on any concept you can dream up as you sleep through the movie.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A unique and quietly memorable multi-character study.

August 15, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

I should point out that one character that makes the biggest impact is the landscape itself.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)

[Off the Map] takes time to breathe, to savor the present and not get bogged down in all the little things that often dominate our attention.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Scott lets the story take its own time, revealing its secrets in its own special way.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Off the Map ... is a movie you soak in and examine, like a painting in an art gallery. You study its shades and lines so you can appreciate the work as a whole.

April 30, 2005 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

...eloquently written but not overwritten, with a story that ultimately feels less like a literary construct and more like a spontaneous celebration of a few lived lives...

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

You can't get past the knowledge that you've seen it all before, and often better.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Off The Map's landscape is intermittently engaging.

April 15, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A poetically rugged demonstration of these hypotheses, in which nature and human nature are shown to be variations of the same thing.

April 14, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Its distinctive rhythms and off-kilter humor introduce us to some intriguing people and make us eager to find out what will happen to them.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The stunning, almost scarily beautiful New Mexico landscape plays such a pivotal role that it ought to be listed in the credits right below Sam Elliott's name.

April 14, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Actually, Scott's drab family drama is easy to find. It's located somewhere on the border between tedious and terrible.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Off the Map requires a bit of patience and a willingness to let the story come to you, but it's worth the wait.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

There's very scant plot here; rather, it feels like a sort of escapist fantasy for celebrities in the big city who get tired of all the people surrounding them.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Despite some florid narration it is quietly spoken, humorous, quick with sympathy.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Off the Map

Sort of a Zen meditation about the accident that leads us to decide to discover what life is all about, that needs to discover in fact. Sometimes the writing and presentation is awkward but it comes off like well meaning, teenager-in-love awkwardness and, because of that, bearable. Beautiful New Mexico desert scenery dominates. Very approachable.
May 2, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Ok, so the concept behind this movie is maybe better than the movie itself, and the precociousness of Valentina De Angelis's character might be just a bit too much, but other than that, I don't really have any complaints about this movie. It has a good story, interesting characters, good performances and really nice cinematography. It's a smaller, quieter, indie film, and I'm really happy about that. I can't see this film being better otherwise. This movie makes me want to live in New Mexico. I already want to anyway, but this makes me want to even more.
April 23, 2010
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Off the Map", Bo(Valentina de Angelis) is a precocious 12-year old being home schooled by her hippie parents, Arlene(Joan Allen) and Charley(Sam Elliott), who are living the life of Henry David Thoreau on a self-sustaining homestead in New Mexico.(The household income is only $5,000 per year.) In her spare time, Bo goes hunting, extorts samples from companies and is working on a credit card application. The main crisis in their household is Charley's deep depression.(My guess is that the film takes place in November 1980, shortly after the election of Ronald Reagan, an event that darkened a lot of lives.) The family income is low enough not to require them to pay income taxes, but they have not been filing the requisite forms, thus bringing them to the attention of the IRS. An auditor, William Gibbs(Jim True-Frost), arrives just as Arlene is weeding her garden in the nude...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Off the Map" strives to be an eccentric coming-of-age story but it is listless and too earnest for its own good. The only jolt of energy comes from the arrival of an IRS auditor, never a good sign. The movie cannot escape its theatrical roots, even with beautiful location shooting. I do admire the family and how they live but the film wrongly avoids any discussion of politics. The reason many people keep their earnings down to avoid paying income taxes is so they do not support the American military. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]J.K. Simmons and Sam Elliott give performances so low-key that they are practically somnabulant.(I do not know if there is a way to portray depression accurately onscreen, but this is certainly not it.) Amazingly, Joan Allen hardly registers at all. At least, Valentina de Angelis, can be relied on to rescue the movie from the doldrums.[/font]
June 23, 2006
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

"It was inescapable, my Father's depression, like some fumigator's mist filling our lungs. It came to be the focal point of our lives that summer..."

A story of a family living "off the map" trying to cope with an extremely depressed husband and father, played by Sam Elliott. All their lives become strangely affected when they are visited by an auditor (Jim True-Frost) from the IRS.

It seemed like an honest portrayal of some of the sides of depression and how family and friends are affected and react to it. Campbell Scott, the director, captured the despair, loneliness and deep love that these characters felt for one another. There was some disconnect though in the film that separated the audience, which was a shame.

Brilliant performances by Sam Elliott and Joan Allen.
January 19, 2010
debmm

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