Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2009
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 19, 2008
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
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Emanuel Levy
June 27, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 5, 2005
A deeply moving and wonderfully acted film about loneliness and friendship. This is one to treasure.
| Original Score: 5/5

July 20, 2004
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.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 7, 2004
Funny, touching, understated. Melancholy, bittersweet, lovely.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
September 19, 2002
Duvall and Harris are as touching, as they are mezmerising.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
Portrays the salutary ways in which two very dissimiliar elders enrich each other's lives.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An endearing buddy movie for the senior crowd.
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's another right of passage movie that pinballs off of clichés as though that is a way to achieve meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This movie is so loaded down with calendar-poster sentiments, you may find yourself wanting to wrestle the filmmakers.
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Steve Conrad's debut screenplay says little that's new, but the actors make it fresher and more powerful than it has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
June 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
April 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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