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What Alice Found (2003)

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83

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

A modest, nicely acted road movie.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Alice (Emily Grace, in her first feature film role) has run away from her small town, New Hampshire home and hit the road, completely unprepared for the future. She has a wad of ill-gotten cash and a semblance of a plan. She's going to Florida, where she'll crash with a friend who goes to college there. Dolphins have always fascinated her, and eventually she hopes she'll somehow find a way to enroll herself in school and study marine biology. After an unpleasant encounter with a couple of

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A. Dean Bell

Sep 21, 2004

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An almost constantly surprising coming-of-age film with a dark twist that manages to take the high road with what is well-exploited material.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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A solid character piece that deftly probes the complicity of both sides in a morally dubious relationship.

December 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Ivey is fascinating, cooing nonstop in a cozy Southern accent, friendly and accepting, but also observant and oddly unknowable. It's a performance that even gets better on second viewing.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sweet, suspenseful, funny, poignant -- and adult.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Bell forces us to see characters from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in a distinctly human light, neither ennobling nor pitying.

December 18, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The movie looks like TV from beginning to end, and accentuates the other major compromise of its meager budget.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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This amateur film looks more like a TV show than a movie.

March 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What we found is a bleak, but interesting look into a world where the line is blurred between good people and bad. Judith Ivey's performance is the real jewel of the film.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

It plays like a walk on the wild side dreamed up in a Starbucks.

May 21, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Assisted by the harsh immediacy of digital video, writer-director A. Dean Bell puts forth his material with utter objectivity.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Candidly unsentimental yet utterly human.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

It neither glamorizes nor demonizes truck-stop whoredom; it merely depicts it, with little of the internal strife that ought to accompany it.

April 5, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The film's somewhat light-hearted tone is wholly inappropriate in what is, in essence, a story of sexual predators.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Ivey delivers a sassy, no-nonsense performance and Grace shows herself a sensitive young actress, but neither overcomes Bell's pretensions or digital-video limitations.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A fine merging of means, material and ego -- a nicely acted, simple little road movie vacuumed free of any indie scene smugness or self-satisfaction.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

There's something fresh and honest here.

January 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

This digitally-shot feature never seems aware of its subjects.

December 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A modest but pungent slice of interstate life.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

What Boogie Nights did for porn stars, What Alice Found does for truck-stop hookers

December 17, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The whole thing smacks resoundingly of student film, from the youthful protagonist to the road-y premise to the jejune fascination with trailer culture.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a lesson on how a life-changing story arc makes a character-based drama work so well

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for What Alice Found

What a nice surprise! I had my doubts that a low budget film about a lot lizard would be good, but I found this is an interesting movie. Good acting, and a good setting, made all the more real by the low budget filming. It is not slick, or insulting. Just a very nice character study. Very decent little Indie flick.
January 23, 2011
itsjustme2004

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A gritty tale of a young woman who makes a series of bad choices and discovers that what she was running from wasn't as bad as she thought. The story is a bit predictable, the accents are phony, and the cinematography is low-budget all the way, but there is some gold here anyway. The characters are well drawn and the interaction amongst the husband (Bill Raymond) and wife (Emily Grace) truck stop team and the young girl (Judith Ivey) they befriend is actually somewhat nuanced. The lure of easy money proves capable of breaking down Alice's resistance and provides the means by which she eventually grows up. Not a deep, psychological study, just an entertaining, small, unpolished gem.
August 9, 2010
Mark Abell

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Ultra low-budget yet effective road movie as Alice, an awkward "New Hampshah" teenager, travels to Florida with a seemingly normal Southern couple near their fifties. Except she comes to discover this 'normal' couple actually moonlights as mom & pop truck-stop hookers. Alice is running from her own troubles, and running low on money...

Often low-key and matter-of-fact with a distinctly unglamorous depiction of sex and an astute understanding of youthful minds. There were contrivances at a couple key turning points but nothing near a deal-breaker. I really liked how they alluded to the title's origin during a phonecall near the end, and the scene that summed up Alice's experiences after a week with this couple when she went to buy cigarettes and handed her I.D. to the cashier:

{Peering quizzically} "Is this supposed to be you?"
"Of course it's me."
{Shrugs, handing her I.D. back} "If you say so."
May 24, 2011
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