The Yellow Handkerchief Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 10, 2010
Sluggish. Torpid. Boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 22, 2010
The film fails to provide Kristen Stewart the courtesy of a role with scene-stealing potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
March 10, 2010
Prasad's take on the well-traveled folk tale (it didn't originate with Hamill -- he was just smart enough to put it down on paper) won't win any Oscars...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Grierson
The Simon
February 26, 2010
Despite all the sad twists and turns in the central love story, the movie's most heartbreaking element is that Hurt and Bello do such good work in a fairly negligible movie.
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
February 24, 2010
A wispy story of revelation that's blessed with gorgeously photographed Southern discomfort, and beset by on-the-nose dialogue and awkward time-shifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 26, 2010
Director Udayan Prasad knows how to maximize tight spaces and closed-up characters, but Stewart underwhelms with her churlish pout and Southern twang, while Redmayne is simply annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 11, 2010
It's a road movie, so everyone argues, then confides in one another, then come out besties in the end. And if you can't guess where the central, broken romance is heading, finding out is as easy as a song.
Prairie Miller
Reelrave
October 14, 2010
Taking time off from vampire infatuation but still into Native male magnets, Kristen Stewart does a snobby sexpot, while the bayou weepie conjures a relentless alien place where crocodiles, snakes and eccentric when not unhinged redneck humans roam free
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 26, 2010
With a guiding title premise that has little to no bearing on the story, "The Yellow Handkerchief" is little more than a glorified student film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
February 25, 2010
Well-shot and well-acted, but also so consistently lightweight that it risks disappearing from the screen as you watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
March 16, 2010
Never feels like anything but a movie with its characters who constantly say what they're feeling and doing and it never once feels genuine or organic.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 28, 2010
...has the feel of a made-for-TV film and that is probably where it belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 2, 2010
This is basically brooding people doing awkward things in a humid environment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 25, 2010
It's nice to see a film unafraid to be quiet and sensitive, but one good gust of coastal breeze would blow this one away.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 1, 2010
The only positive thing about the aimless film The Yellow Handkerchief is the idea that William Hurt may be ready for his Jeff Bridges moment.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 1, 2010
Unfortunately, the precision and presence Hurt brings to the table aren't enough to carry this warmed-over Southern melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
A well-acted little film, The Yellow Handkerchief captures the loneliness of these characters and the sparks of hope they harbor, despite everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 10, 2010
The sleepy scenery and charming performances -- Stewart escapes her vampires and reminds everyone what the fuss used to be about -- keep The Yellow Handkerchief from blowing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 2, 2010
William Hurt and Kristen Stewart and a long, sleepy road
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 13, 2010
Just as the relationships at the core of this drama, The Yellow Handkerchief is one big compromise. Make do with the lackluster parts and receive something uniquely pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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