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The Open Road (2009)


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Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, and Mary Steenburgen star in writer/director Michael Meredith's tale of a young man looking to reconnect with his long-lost father -- a famous athlete -- and bring him back to the bedside of his ailing mother. Lyle Lovett, Harry Dean Stanton, and Kate Mara fill out the supporting cast in the Perfect Weekend production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Drama, Comedy

Michael Meredith

Nov 17, 2009

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The Open Road is no Grand Prix winner, but it's no six-car pileup either. It's a low-key road movie that doesn't stray far from the very, very beaten path.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Despite its dependable cast, this ponderous road movie remains stuck in the slow lane.

September 1, 2009
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Entirely predictable but surprisingly involving.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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An earnestly acted film with a movie-of-the-week vibe, it's watchable but too slow-moving -- and far too predictable -- to be entirely engaging.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

The picture contains a few inspired moments of antagonism and redemption, but it's hard to get energized about a feature film that positions Timberlake in a leading role. The movie practically begs for more Bridges.

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

plays like a familiar checklist

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source:

A screenplay that feels written by numbers, but excellent performances make it deserve more attention than this late summer dump

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Open Road

Touching story. Really good actors, for the most part. Jeff Bridges makes it all completely worth while, in any case.
September 9, 2011

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You wouldn't think a movie with Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, Mary Steenburgen, and the beautiful Kate Mara would be so dull. None of theses people give a horrible performance, there's just really nothing there. It tries to be an evolving drama, but it fails in that sense. It tries to be humorous in sections, and it fails at that too.

The story is pretty typical. Carlton Garrett(Justin Timberlake) is the son of baseball great Kyle Garrett(Jeff Bridges). They haven't talked for awhile, but since Carls mom is having medical issues and wants to see Kyle; Carl has to go get him. Carl also brings along his ex-girlfriend now friend, who is contemplating marrying another guy, Carl and Lucy's(Kate Mara) relationship isn't very believable either.

Overall the movie is watchable, just nothing special or of particular interest. Easily forgettable.
July 13, 2011
Melvin White

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The story is slow and so is the character development. Bridges is a great actor but not even his charisma or talent can save this material
March 13, 2010

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