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U Turn (1997)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 31,066



Movie Info

Oliver Stone directed this John Ridley screenplay adapted from Ridley's novel Stray Dogs. A drifter (Sean Penn) eludes Las Vegas collection agents and arrives in a small town where he decides to linger after his car has a breakdown. Here he gets involved with the locals, including an unhappily married couple -- a businessman (Nick Nolte) and his seductive, femme-fatale wife (Jennifer Lopez). A trailer trash teen (Claire Danes) also approaches him in an effort to get away from her abusive … More

R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
John Ridley
In Theaters:
Mar 31, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for U Turn

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (20) | DVD (8)

The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a disappointing ride.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

U-Turn becomes a showcase for the filmmaker's terrific arsenal of visual mannerisms and free-association imagery.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Stone has stretched this rubber band past the point where it should snap into parody, but it still holds the shape of a rubber band.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a feast for the senses, as long as you have a strong stomach.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009

This long, strange trip is fun but aimless.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007

Viewers who don't need depth and can ignore technique overkill along with social critique nonsense, should enjoy the bumpy ride offered by 'U Turn.'

Full Review… | February 11, 2007
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of Stone's best narrative, and thought-provoking, efforts to date.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

A bad trip flick.

Full Review… | March 8, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Much longer and tiresome to the audience than it should have been.

Full Review… | February 10, 2004

Perplexing in the extreme.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

With brilliant photography and inventive camerawork, Stone gives a really interesting feel to the story.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

U-Turn is fast-paced throughout, with unexpected bursts of twisted humor among the bloody closeups of beatings, shootings and mutilation.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Observar os 'truques' de Oliver Stone é, por si só, diversão mais do que suficiente.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

U-Turn is just your basic film noir, only with all the walloping, bravura technique that Stone brings to the similarly far-fetched premises of his overtly political films.

Full Review… | March 24, 2002
Boston Phoenix

a mostly wasted effort in exploiting a well-tread genre

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Stone's trademark techniques -- fast cuts, multiple images, mixed film stocks, odd film speeds, weird angles -- overtake the film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Oliver Stone proves he's no Alfred Hitchcock.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Once you've met all the bizarro charaters, there's nothing left to see but the odd starlet's rump. And even in an Oliver Stone movie.. that's just not enough.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Has Stone gone soft?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for U Turn

A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you watch till the end just to see if something happens. 2 stars. 8-20-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is an enjoyable romp for us who prefer more acid and less optimistic stories. Not to mention that compared with what Stone has being doing in the last years, it's gold.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


An amazing Neo-Noir/Western that's almost impossible to not enjoy on at least some level. The story is incredibly well-written and the characters are perfectly twisted. Sean Penn delivers a great performance as Bobby Cooper, in debt and in need of a break. There's also soe great supporting performances from Billy Bob Thorton, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix to name a few. It's very much the same kind of irony that is present in most Noirs, that you never get off easy. It's also one of the best shot Oliver Stone movies, but that tends to be the case with every single one of his movies. I loved the use of over-exposure and 16mm film every once in a while.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

U Turn Quotes

Blind Man:
A man with no ethics is a free man.
– Submitted by Manuela V (21 months ago)
Blind Man:
Everything is everything. And everything is nothing, too.
– Submitted by Manuela V (21 months ago)
Toby N. Tucker:
I don't think you know who I am. The name's Toby N. Tucker. People round here call me TNT. You know why?
Bobby Cooper:
Because they're not very imaginative?
Toby N. Tucker:
'Cause I'm just like dynamite, boy, and when I go off, somebody gets hurt.
– Submitted by Manuela V (21 months ago)
Sheriff Potter:
She liked fuckin' her papa.
– Submitted by Manuela V (21 months ago)
Bobby Cooper:
Listen to me you stupid fuck...
No! You listen to me goddamnit! Ya sorry son of a bitch! You owe me money! And this car aint goin' no place 'till I get it!
– Submitted by Manuela V (21 months ago)
Grace McKenna:
Don't you want to know? Was Jake my father? Was I fucking my daddy? Yes, I was! I was fucking my daddy! And I married him! I married him, okay? I just wanted to be a kid. And they took that from me. They treated me like meat. A piece of meat. Fuck him! Fuck the whole town, they deserve to die!
– Submitted by Manuela V (21 months ago)

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