Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch) Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Newman starts tunneling under the material, coming up with all sorts of things we didn't quite expect, and along the way he proves himself as a director of sympathy and a sort of lyrical restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 17, 2008
The result is rather good -- a sort of contemporary 'western' in the timber territory.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 18, 2009
When the film cuts away from the family soap opera dramatics and shows the macho men at work wielding their chainsaws at the logging camp among the giant trees, it has a buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
A New Hollywood movie suffused in Old Hollywood values.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 20, 2007
Terrific family drama
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Surprisingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 29, 2009
Based on Ken Kesey's book, Newman's second film as helmer is not effective or cohesive as the first (Rachel Rachel), but Oregon locations and good acting by Henry Fonda and others compensate for uneasy fit between melodrama and action
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 1, 2011
It's not a classic, in the sense of being perfectly formed. But the craft work is one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Newman handles the emotional drama well and directs one outdoor scene with consummate brilliance.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Newman's handling of the outdoor scenes, especially those involving work, is -- like his own acting -- restrained but powerfully evocative.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 17, 2008
Kesey's 600-plus-page novel would have made a fine six-hour mini-series, and it's a tribute to scenarist Gay that he managed to condense that much material into under two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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