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Rambling Rose Reviews

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March 5, 2016
Duvall is only worth seeing here, therefore the entire film is not worth the time.
½ February 21, 2009
A quirky, funny but moving story with terrific performances all around.
½ January 6, 2014
great acting and an awesome premise! laura dern is to-die-for as always!
September 3, 2012
An ingenue nymphomaniac‚(TM)s turbulent life rooted in the 1930s depression period of southern USA, served as a housemaid in a hotel owner's home, our heroine Rose, an uncultured but stalwart gal whose miserable past is the hidden wound cuts her deep and being unaware of her sex-addicted disposition, her path of looking for Mr. Right is rather bumpy and poignant.

The film is narrated by Buddy, the eldest son of the hotel owner, Rose is his first love and always occupies a special place in his heart. Although Rose is the potent pillar of the film, female director Martha Coolidge has steadily integrates a handful of equally vivid characters (young Buddy, his Daddy and Mother) into a moderate template of chaneling and rescuing Rose from her self-destructive hazard, despite of wanting any laudable gambits in highlighting the narrative skills and the plot is always stuck into a hoary frivolousness, the complete work is at best satisfactory.

The film is noteworthy by setting a record in the history of the academy by virtue of a real mother-daughter pair garners two Oscar nominations in the same film, Dern and Ladd (a second collaboration in a film after Lynch's WILD AT HEART 1990, 7/10) both showcase their stunning acting bent. Dern has nailed a quite innately delicate role since Rose is the damaged goods by nature, but her pure kindness and innocence hasn't been impaired and her female vulnerability is the real gem under the circumstance, even if she would mature gracefully later and give a more challenging and nail-biting performance in Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE (2006, 7/10), this film is among the crests of her filmography nonetheless. Ladd, after the pompous and lavish turn in WILD AT HEART, unexpectedly chooses a more positive and orthodox good-lady embodiment, her award-worthy moment confidently present itself in the latter part of the film, and single-handedly salvaging Rose from the misogyny from seedy male-predominance. But Duvall is also glittering in his category-fraud (I put him in leading) portrait of a man who is much wiser than he initially appears, and a juvenile Lukas Haas, almost being provocative while driven by curious sex impulse to take advantage of Rose, which might be the most contentious segment of the film per se, and at least he acts like a pro.

My final conclusion is that regardless of its maternal inclination of female-skewing demography, it is indeed a thespian playing field with decent fodder.
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2012
Rambling Rose is the definitive Laura Dern performance. I particularly like mother-daughter performances as there is often additional sizzle to fictional work and Dern and Diane Ladd don't disappoint.
May 17, 2012
Laura Dern is exceptional in this film, bringing to life a character who wants to be loved so badly that your heart breaks for her. I found it interesting that Diane Ladd and Dern are mother and daughter and that they were both nominated for Academy Awards that year. I think both awards should have gone to these fine actresses who made me care about characters in a genre of film that I would usually avoid, that of the sentimental drama.
½ February 6, 2012
The movie could've had a great meaning, the thematic is strong and different but the film should have been more serious. The music is very silly and corny. The difference between promiscuous love and sex is not a joke.
Super Reviewer
½ June 17, 2007
Was not expecting to enjoy this at all but it's a very well acted film, that has one or two suprising scenes. 7/10
June 18, 2010
Lovely coming of age set in the South of USA during the great depression. Stirring performance from Laura Dern and Diane Ladd. Very enjoyable and touching film especially of the relationship between Rose and Buddy and Rose and Mrs Hillyer.
½ December 8, 2009
Vivid characterizations from a terrific cast. Laura Dern and Robert Duvall are particularly good. Diane Ladd scores in a supporting role. Fine period flavor, excellent score and it?s very well written. Excellent.
½ December 8, 2009
Vivid characterizations from a terrific cast. Laura Dern and Robert Duvall are particularly good. Diane Ladd scores in a supporting role. Fine period flavor, excellent score and it?s very well written. Excellent.
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2009
nominated for best picture by NBR
September 29, 2009
too long, wanted less of the storytelling
½ August 16, 2009
Belongs on Lifetime.
March 19, 2009
Entertaining but uneven period drama from director Martha Coolidge. Excellent performances - Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, and Diane Ladd are all in top form. The story is hit or miss; it moves too fast in the beginning and, though it does have a number of strong moments, it sometimes feels rushed and muddled (Calder Willingham adapted his own novel, possibly compressing it a bit too much, a bit more subtlety would have been more effective) and it is hampered by a hokey framing device with an incredibly cheesy final scene. But ultimately, it's worth watching for the performances alone. Strong, if sometimes over-the-top, score by Elmer Bernstein.
March 19, 2009
This film was very awkward, but that was the point. Rose and Buddy had a very awkward relationship. Even the filming style was awkward, with too tight of close-ups and bizarre staging. I want to think that it was on purpose, but regardless if it was or wasn't, it worked completely awesomely. The bookends were a little cheesy, but I love John Heard (the dad in Home Alone!) that I barely cared.
March 19, 2009
not impressed. highly overrated.
½ March 11, 2009
A beautiful story of a free willed young girl
½ September 20, 2008
i enjoyed the film... Robert Duvall is a good actor...
August 29, 2008
Laura Dern is awesome in this movie.
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