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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 8

Predictable but moving, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is an understated and melancholic drama that gets plenty of mileage out of an outstanding cast that includes Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, and Sandra Bullock.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

Predictable but moving, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is an understated and melancholic drama that gets plenty of mileage out of an outstanding cast that includes Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, and Sandra Bullock.

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Richard Harris and Robert Duvall star in this low-key drama concerning a hard-drinking former sea captain (Richard Harris) who befriends a shy retired barber (Robert Duvall). Though their polar-opposite personalities find the relationship slow going at first, roguish Frank (Harris) and gentle Walter (Duvall) soon develop a close friendship as they pass the days with conversation. As death looms near and their pasts seem to evaporate into the air with the passing of each day, the lonely souls

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Steve Conrad

Jul 27, 1994

Warner Home Video

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway aspires to be serious about its subject. Yet in a curious way this sobriety works against it. Frank and Walt turn into schematically contrasting case studies, and the movie's sympathy for them eventually becomes patronizing.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Randa Haines' sappy, rather dull melodrama about the friendship between two eccentric old men is mostly a showcase for its stars, Robert Duvall and Richard Harris.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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There aren't really any surprises, but it's a delight to see a movie which idles away without anything more pressing on its mind than people.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie is essentially about the close observation of behavior. Like some of Hemingway's stories, the real action is all implied. The characters trade small talk, and we sense that larger issues are lurking beneath their cheerfulness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An endearing buddy movie for the senior crowd.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Offers little in the way of narrative drive or plot conflict, and what does happen is far from surprising. MacLaine and Piper Laurie are more or less wasted in supporting roles, and pretty Sandra Bullock is given almost nothing to do.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This is a film of two superlative performances from Richard Harris and Robert Duvall, who play an odd couple drawn together by their common loneliness as they become friends in the winter of their lives

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A deeply moving and wonderfully acted film about loneliness and friendship. This is one to treasure.

October 5, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A slow-paced and sentimental film, but still a pleasure to watch as the two brilliant and dignified leads play off each other so well.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Funny, touching, understated. Melancholy, bittersweet, lovely.

July 7, 2004

Duvall and Harris are as touching, as they are mezmerising.

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

Portrays the salutary ways in which two very dissimiliar elders enrich each other's lives.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's another right of passage movie that pinballs off of clichés as though that is a way to achieve meaning.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is melodramatic, and its pacing is rather slow, but it is also filled with fine acting and quirky but believable relationships, and ultimately proves quite satisfying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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