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Trucker (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 15

Excellent performances by Michelle Monaghan and Nathan Fillion and keenly-observed details of small town life elevate this otherwise predictable and inconsistent melodrama.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 6

Excellent performances by Michelle Monaghan and Nathan Fillion and keenly-observed details of small town life elevate this otherwise predictable and inconsistent melodrama.

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Michelle Monaghan stars as a self-reliant trucker forced to take on the responsibility of caring for her 11-year-old son when his father (Benjamin Bratt) ends up in the hospital in this independent drama from Plum Pictures. James Mottern directs from his own script, with Nathan Fillion, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jimmy Bennett set to co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Jan 5, 2010

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (15) | DVD (1)

Monaghan demonstrates an untapped level of talent and skill in Trucker, tackling the difficult role of a woman who refuses to behave as societal norms dictate and has paid the price with loneliness and alienation.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Trucker is a knockout.

October 23, 2009 | Comment (1)
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You know exactly what is going to happen and you don't really care.

October 19, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Most of Trucker comes off like a sincere but totally artificial slice of life.

October 19, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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There are so many wonderfully unconventional things to like about this tiny independent film, Monaghan's earthy and uncompromising performance chief among them, its depth surprising you at every turn.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Monaghan, so good in Gone Baby Gone, mopes self-consciously through the role of Diane, a loner who finds her heart when she's thrown together with her estranged 11-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett), whom she takes on the road. Yes, it's one of those movies.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The movie is a shining star in the indie universe much like "Frozen River." It hits the nail on the head in dealing with real feelings and honest emotions.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Who knew Michelle Monaghan could pull-off one of the most fearless and edgy female roles of the year? And do it so convincingly.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Good characters and a strong start run out of gas by the end

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Unremarkable at best, remarkably bad at worst.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The overall story serves as a metaphor for American life, where too many people spend a lot of time keeping busy without ever really enjoying the moment and without ever being truly alive.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The whole thing plays with wobbly craft that, finally, creates a deep patina of suspicion and dullness.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The only thing to take away from this bumpy ride is the smooth performance by Monaghan.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Monaghan's good, despite being too pretty, and the film, with a melodramatic storyline that seems perfect for a Hallmark TV movie, is good, too.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Features spectacular performances but these excellent actors are required to do too much heavy lifting with a script that plays out too predictably to be effective.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

You want to like Trucker. You really do. But writer-director James Mottern makes it awfully hard with his washed-out, predictable aesthetic.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

A nostalgic rehashing of the days when movies didn't need to telegraph every last detail.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

With the sad state of the indie business Trucker may make a fast exit to Netflix, but thanks to Michelle Monaghan it's a trip worth taking wherever you may find it.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Back Stage
Back Stage

Audience Reviews for Trucker

The only flaw of the film is that halfway through, you already know the ending. Still, by knowing, the film is so well made that it pulls you in and makes you want to stick around and await the inevitable ending. Michelle Monaghan pulls off an Oscar-Worthy performance as "Diane Ford", and the rest of the solid cast help keep this movie on it's high octane cylinders of brilliant storytelling. Trucker is a must see drama!
January 1, 2011
KJ Proulx

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This film has at its core a really overused plot - the estranged young son forced to re-unite with a parent, who then, after a bumpy ride, learn to love each other. But by its gritty, low down tone, somehow the film manages to keep from becomming overy maudlin.

What keeps Trucker afloat is indeed the portrayal of a female trucker and all that signifies - the yearning for independance and being your own person, beholden to no-one but yourself. This is what makes this film rise above a throwaway, as though, yes, you've seen this plot before, but never in this way.

Michelle Monaghan is very solid and carries the film well and the child actor does an adequit job of portraying the bitterness and false bravado necessary of the role.

But... a few things I found disconcerting. First, there's an overly long scene at the VFW with Monaghan and her neighbor dancing - ok, we get the message, now move on - no reason for a 5 minute segment showing the two having some fun - could have had the same effect in 1-2 minutes tops. Certainly a "filler" moment for me.

Then there is the constant reference to Monaghan's "beauty" - including a bit of dialog about her chest. To each their own I suppose, but she's certainly not chesty and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it didn't do the film any favors to keep harping on it. Besides, the film would be making a much better statement if it would have allowed that Monaghan's charactor was catnip because she was such a free spirit instead of some kind of beauty queen. It would have fit the flavor of the film much, much better; I'm just saying...
October 19, 2010
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paul sandberg

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A good indy film, nothing more, so say it has a slow star, I say it's slow throughout. Good acting and good story line just can't go any higher the 3 staqsr
October 14, 2010
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Bruce Bruce

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Man am I a sucker for movies that revolve around kids. This movie was right up my alley. Wonderfully done, with really wonderful actors. I LOVE A GREAT ENDING!! and this movie had an awesome one.
October 14, 2010
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