• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    James Mottern
    In Theaters:
    Oct 9, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 5, 2010
  • Monterey Media Inc.
  • Trucker
    2 minutes 20 seconds
    Added: Sep 15, 2009

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Trucker Reviews

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Were it not for Michelle Monaghan's convincingly dirt-under-the-fingernails performance in the title role, there would be absolutely nothing about the film to distinguish it from dozens of other movies.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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Most of Trucker comes off like a sincere but totally artificial slice of life.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

October 19, 2009
David D'Arcy
Screen International

Even with some fine acting, this film can be a long tiring ride.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Mark Peikert
New York Press

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

Full Review Source: New York Press

October 14, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Monaghan does a reasonably good job with a formulaic script that calls for her to become prettier and more feminine as she learns to be a mama bear to her smart-mouthed but ultimately adorable kid.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 9, 2009
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

October 21, 2009
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

when Monaghan's 10-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett) shows up, the air blows out of the movie faster than a blown tire on an 18-wheeler

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

October 23, 2009
John Anderson
Variety
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What's missing from the payload is surprise.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 10, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The vehicle (if you will pardon the pun) doesn't quite know what to do with her character. And so the movie, the first feature written and directed by James Mottern, turns into a conventional mother-child reunion drama.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

October 9, 2009
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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You know exactly what is going to happen and you don't really care.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

October 19, 2009
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Unremarkable at best, remarkably bad at worst.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2009
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

October 23, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

October 14, 2009
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

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

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I concede the story arc is fairly predictable, assuming neither one murders the other. But Mottern and his actors take no hostages.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2009
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

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.

Full Review Source: Back Stage | Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2009
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

In his tough-minded commitment to both his characters and to their lower-middle-class milieu, the filmmaker recasts his potentially disastrous material into something that feels emotionally honest, if not exactly revelatory.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2009
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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There may as well be a road sign announcing Diane's transformation from reckless loner to diligent mother, but it's a smooth ride thanks to Monaghan, and an impressive ensemble.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 6, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2010
Erik Davis
Cinematical

It's still a performance you don't want a miss. Michelle Monaghan is memorable.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

October 18, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 31, 2009
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