Critic Consensus: U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.
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 boyfriend (Joaquin Phoenix). Tensions in the town escalate, eventually leading to murder. Stone wanted to change the title from U-Turn back to Stray Dogs but encountered a problem with Akira Kurosawa, who felt it was too similar to his detective classic, Stray Dog (1949) with Toshiro Mifune. … More
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Critic Reviews for U-Turn
As the first Oliver Stone movie to gleefully dispense with sociopolitical significance, U-Turn is an overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown.
The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.
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.
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.
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
Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.
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.
|Blind Man:||A man with no ethics is a free man.|
|Blind Man:||Everything is everything. And everything is nothing, too.|
|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.|
|Sheriff Potter:||She liked fuckin' her papa.|
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