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World Traveler Reviews

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Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

December 1, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Vanessa Sibbald

The subtlety of how the story is told is beautifully done

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2004
Jeremy Heilman

Whatever complaints I might have, I'd take [its] earnest errors and hard-won rewards over the bombastic self-glorification of other feel-good fiascos like Antwone Fisher or The Emperor's Club any time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

January 23, 2003
Ron Wells
Film Threat

With Freundlich and Crudup in the front seat, I found that once I could see the road, I was able to sit back and just enjoy the ride.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 8, 2002
James Rocchi

Well-shot drama features great work from Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore -- and an infuriating script from director Bart Freundlich.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A wonderful, quietly offbeat little drama... [with] a deep inward reflectiveness and... unyielding, non-judgmental nakedness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: A-

August 27, 2002
Kim Linekin

It's not going to be everyone's bag of popcorn, but it definitely gives you something to chew on.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Were it not for a sentimental resolution that explains way more about Cal than does the movie or the character any good, Freundlich's World Traveler might have been one of the more daring and surprising American movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

July 9, 2002
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

A journey that is as difficult for the audience to take as it is for the protagonist -- yet it's potentially just as rewarding.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

July 9, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Freundlich's film won't appeal to those who like well-defined heroes and clear conclusions. But there is plenty here for folks who like something to chew on.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star

May 31, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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This episodic, quietly affecting movie is both gritty and poetic.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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World Traveler, written and directed by Bart Freundlich, isn't going to be Crudup's breakthrough hit. But it does have a wonderful, fascinating performance by him.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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The theme is familiar and, at bottom, sophomorically self-conscious. Yet finally, World Traveler takes something like a hold on you because it extends the Crudup character's experience not only across generations but also across the genders.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

April 26, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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I was more personally affected by World Traveler than by any other film I have seen in recent months.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2002
Rod Armstrong

Though writer/director Bart Freundlich's film ultimately becomes a simplistic story about a dysfunctional parent-child relationship, it has some special qualities and the soulful gravity of Crudup's anchoring performance.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2002
Jan Stuart
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The setup feels a little been-there-done- that, but the writing is often piercing and there are unsparing characterizations by Julianne Moore and James LeGros.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2002
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine

World Traveler might not go anywhere new, or arrive anyplace special, but it's certainly an honest attempt to get at something.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 19, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Best enjoyed as a minor work with some major pluses.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 19, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A first-class road movie that proves you can run away from home, but your ego and all your problems go with you.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

April 19, 2002

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 10, 2002
May 10, 2002

Boston Phoenix
April 27, 2002
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