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Spring Forward (2000)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph (Ned Beatty), a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor (Campbell Scott). Paul

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Sep 17, 2002

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (3)

Beatty and Schreiber generate a convincing camaraderie that is warm and touching yet with a refreshing lack of sticky sentiment.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A breath of fresh air, and an antidote to all the mindless drivel Hollywood churns out on a regular basis.

April 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Here's a film that values good dialogue and complex characters over dramatic gimmicks and cheap action.

September 17, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A remarkable film, totally absorbing from the first frame to the last. It's a marvel of simplicity and depth, comfort and compassion.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

every moment is jam packed with a philosophical or heavy moment, never giving his characters a chance to breath

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...a pair of big-budget performances by Beatty and Schreiber.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

While seeming to be about nothing in particular, it gradually builds toward a deeply affecting emotional impact by actually being about everything that's important.

February 26, 2001 Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show
The Moving Picture Show

The performances are all fine and heartfelt, but the story itself never provides much reason for us to care.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Beatty and Schreiber give accomplished performances, but are handicapped by the staginess of the script and the static nature of Gilroy's direction.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

What a treat to finally see a pudgy character actor and a stereotypically type cast "bad guy" demonstrate their consummate acting skills

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
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A marvelous movie about a friendship that slowly unspools between two unlikely souls.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

an intelligent script and first rate performances

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Very slow...kind of didn't get the point of it all.
November 19, 2013
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    1. Murph: Goodbye, fair workplace.
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