Off the Map Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Scott Weinberg
August 15, 2005
A unique and quietly memorable multi-character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
May 31, 2005
I should point out that one character that makes the biggest impact is the landscape itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 12, 2005
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Cornelius
May 10, 2005
Scott lets the story take its own time, revealing its secrets in its own special way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 30, 2005
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.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 28, 2005
Quiet and quirky, yet refreshingly unpretentious, Off the Map is a welcome sojourn in a place that seems strange, yet entirely familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 21, 2005
[A] lovely film, which hardly ever makes a move that feels wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
April 20, 2005
...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...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
April 15, 2005
You can't get past the knowledge that you've seen it all before, and often better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
April 15, 2005
Off The Map's landscape is intermittently engaging.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 14, 2005
A poetically rugged demonstration of these hypotheses, in which nature and human nature are shown to be variations of the same thing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
A journey into an austere land of moviemaking where few artists dare go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 14, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 14, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 13, 2005
Actually, Scott's drab family drama is easy to find. It's located somewhere on the border between tedious and terrible.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 9, 2005
Off the Map requires a bit of patience and a willingness to let the story come to you, but it's worth the wait.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 8, 2005
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 8, 2005
It's so focused on the subject that the downer mood becomes distressingly contagious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 8, 2005
Despite some florid narration it is quietly spoken, humorous, quick with sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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