U-Turn (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

U-Turn (1997)



Critic Consensus: U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.

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

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Sean Penn
as Bobby Cooper
Nick Nolte
as Jake McKenna
Jennifer Lopez
as Grace McKenna
Powers Boothe
as Sheriff Potter
Joaquin Phoenix
as Toby N. Tucker
Jon Voight
as Blind Man
Abraham Benrubi
as Biker No. 1
Valery Nikolaev
as Mr. Arkady
Aida Linares
as Jamilla
Laurie Metcalf
as Bus Station Clerk
Liv Tyler
as Girl in Bus Station
Richard Rutowski
as Biker No. 2
Sean Stone
as Boy in Grocery Store
Annie Mei-Ling Tien
as Short Order Cook
Sheri Foster
as Grace's Mother
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Critic Reviews for U-Turn

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14)

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

It demonstrates a filmmaker in complete command of his craft and with little control over his impulses.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

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