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U Turn (1997)



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

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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

John Ridley

Mar 31, 1998

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a disappointing ride.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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U-Turn becomes a showcase for the filmmaker's terrific arsenal of visual mannerisms and free-association imagery.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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
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It's a feast for the senses, as long as you have a strong stomach.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

This long, strange trip is fun but aimless.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.'

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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One of Stone's best narrative, and thought-provoking, efforts to date.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A bad trip flick.

March 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

February 10, 2004 Full Review

Perplexing in the extreme.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

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

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

a mostly wasted effort in exploiting a well-tread genre

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Oliver Stone proves he's no Alfred Hitchcock.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Has Stone gone soft?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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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
September 20, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.
July 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

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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.
May 15, 2012
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.
March 31, 2010

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    1. Blind Man: A man with no ethics is a free man.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (20 months ago)
    1. Blind Man: Everything is everything. And everything is nothing, too.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (20 months ago)
    1. 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?
    2. Bobby Cooper: Because they're not very imaginative?
    3. Toby N. Tucker: 'Cause I'm just like dynamite, boy, and when I go off, somebody gets hurt.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (20 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Potter: She liked fuckin' her papa.
    – Submitted by Victoria A (20 months ago)
    1. Bobby Cooper: Listen to me you stupid fuck...
    2. Darrell: 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 Victoria A (20 months ago)
    1. 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 Victoria A (20 months ago)
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