World Traveler Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
January 20, 2003
The story ... is moldy and obvious.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 10, 2002
With no real redemption at the end of the road, it is nothing more than a beautiful, empty journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 9, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 16, 2002
This episodic, quietly affecting movie is both gritty and poetic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dan Via
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
Well-made, well-acted but ultimately enervating.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
Anemic, pretentious.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 10, 2002
Yes, I suppose it's lovely that Cal works out his issues with his dad and comes to terms with his picture-perfect life -- but World Traveler gave me no reason to care, so I didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 29, 2002
A lot of good performances but no story.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2002
A dreary movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 26, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2002
One senses in World Traveler and in his earlier film that Freundlich bears a grievous but obscure complaint against fathers, and circles it obsessively, without making contact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2002
Crudup's screen presence is the one thing that holds interest in the midst of a mushy, existential exploration of why men leave their families.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 25, 2002
I was more personally affected by World Traveler than by any other film I have seen in recent months.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2002
A vignette enlarged to panoramic scale.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 23, 2002
A meandering road movie that keeps getting stalled in gutters of self-importance.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 23, 2002
It believes it's revealing some great human truths, when, in reality, it's churning ground that has long passed the point of being fertile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
April 19, 2002
Tedious tale of middle-aged angst.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 19, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
April 19, 2002
Crudup is the best navigator a road movie like World Traveler can have, but even he can't single-handedly transport these goods from nowhere to somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2002
Best enjoyed as a minor work with some major pluses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 19, 2002
It's clotted with heavy-handed symbolism, dime-store psychology and endless scenic shots that make 105 minutes seem twice as long.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 18, 2002
The most remarkable (and frustrating) thing about World Traveler, which opens today in Manhattan, is that its protagonist, after being an object of intense scrutiny for 104 minutes, remains a complete blank.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 18, 2002
For demanding tastes, it's a profound, honest, superbly made, emotionally gripping, moment-by-moment road movie about a man trapped in a midlife crisis that is something of a revelation.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 16, 2002
Freundlich's made [Crudup] a suburban architect, and a cipher.