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Prince Avalanche Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 15, 2013
One of the most intriguing and thoughtful American films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 23, 2013
Its absurdist tact won't be for everybody, but there is satisfaction in the nuanced, often-pleasing performances from Rudd and Hirsch as they slowly reveal their characters to both the audience and each other. These two grow on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 23, 2013
It's an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2013
[A] gently existentialist buddy movie.
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Loren King
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2013
David Gordon Green somehow brings together the poetic sensibility of his independent art movies and the humorous lowbrow non sequiturs of his studio comedies; the results are one of a kind and often weirdly moving.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2013
It's an actors' showcase. But Green films it with real feeling and an eye for parts of the Lone Star State that, as we can see, are no longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 15, 2013
"Prince Avalanche" is a molehill that dreams it's a mountain when it's really, really stoned.
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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 14, 2013
Mr. Green has managed to turn a story about two road workers doing road work into something compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 9, 2013
Prince Avalanche is a remake of an Icelandic movie (Either Way), but it's pure David Gordon Green, from its absurdist humor to its quiet, haunted landscapes. (David Wingo's delicate score enhances both the wit and the wonder.)
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 9, 2013
The movie barely seems to hold together. Could it even be called a movie? And yet, it's captivating - a bit like Gus Van Sant's Gerry, but not as conceptually hidebound.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 9, 2013
Rudd, in particular, gives it everything he's got, but he is vanquished by a story that feels both inconsequential and contrived.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 9, 2013
An uneasy mix of Richard Linklater and Abbott and Costello, "Prince Avalanche" is an oddment, but one that brings some small, peculiar pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2013
The film ultimately plays like an unfinished thought. It's a good thought, mind you, but like the road, it seems to go nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2013
If Laurel and Hardy, wearing matching baggy overalls and similarly dumbstruck expressions, had starred in a screen version of Waiting for Godot, the results wouldn't be far afield from Prince Avalanche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2013
Worth seeing for its offbeat character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 8, 2013
"Prince Avalanche" is a work of eccentric but often profound beauty. That old Green magic, it seems, is back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 8, 2013
The movie feels like there wasn't a script. Like Green just handed Rudd and Hirsche two pairs of overalls, a few bottles of grain alcohol and set the cameras rolling as they bromanced it out over a weekend in the woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 8, 2013
Mr. Green is too fond of these guys, and too respectful of the little bit of freedom they possess, to ensnare them in the machinery of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Wagaman
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2013
This is ultimately an acting showcase gone awry, and you wind up feeling as agitated and bored as the main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2013
Plenty of absurd and deadpan humor, even slapstick, with a melancholy undertone. A minimalist tale of mismatched workers who paint lines on isolated Texas roads. Good performances, Paul Rudd is particularly impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 8, 2013
Did I just really pay good money to watch this?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 8, 2013
Director David Gordon Green emerges from the billowy cloud of ganja smoke that's swallowed his career, breathing in the refreshing air of the Texas wilderness
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 7, 2013
It's a schlubby, existential, black-box-theater character study, steeped in warm silences and anxious boys' talk, sugared up with sublime shots of fire-ravaged forest and wild streams percolating with raindrops.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 6, 2013
You'll love the film when it's being quiet; alas, it begins a slow slide toward cutesy meeting of the minds, which, even in these capable actors' hands, comes off like an indie cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
January 25, 2013
Occupies a strange space between Green's broadly comedic fare and devoutly character-driven dramas.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 22, 2013
Warmly enjoyable.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
Perhaps Green's chief accomplishment in this odd little gem of a movie is that he coaxes that mutual compassion out of the characters without having to put it into words.