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Rails & Ties Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
In common with her famous actor/filmmaker father, Ms. Eastwood seems to have an instinctual grasp of the petty grievances and triumphs of working-class American life.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
June 28, 2008
Feels so forced and determined to convey a certain emotion that its authenticity is lost. And when there's no sense of authenticity, there's no emotional attachment.
Prairie Miller
June 20, 2008
Kevin Bacon turns in a solid, attention grabbing performance as a rigid, scornful man in a deep funk just trying to cling to a familiar world disintegrating all around him.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 17, 2008
DVD is the perfect place for a movie like Rails & Ties. Somehow it's easier to block out the often forced nature of the plot and just enjoy the rich performances and the humane themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Alison Eastwood has created a film of quiet delicacy, something fragile yet resolute, and shot through with a life affirming thread that is brave enough to suggest that sometimes life does indeed blossom from tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 2, 2008
It's hard to get over the implausibility of the premise in Micky Levy's script, even though the characters themselves acknowledge that they're in a ridiculous situation.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 27, 2007
The metaphors flow almost as freely as the tears in this sentimental weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 12, 2007
There's just not much here to recommend at all.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2007
One highly unlikely circumstance after another become laughable, preventing you from being moved by the family tragedies depicted. They beg for tears, but a script this chock-full of holes is unlikely to elicit the desired effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
November 9, 2007
Everyone involved will move on to bigger and better things and leave this series of unfortunate events behind on the tracks, waiting for a midnight train to put it out of its considerable misery.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2007
I think somehow the filmmakers lost the way, lost sight of the people inside the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 8, 2007
The younger Eastwood tells her story with sledgehammer blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 8, 2007
Either an unsuccessfully manipulative, sappy melodrama or the most deranged concept for a family sitcom anyone has ever developed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2007
All the astute acting in the world can't bring such a preposterous story into the station on time and intact.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
November 3, 2007
It's not all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Shaer
Christian Science Monitor
November 1, 2007
In the right hands, this might be the stuff of compelling cinema. Instead, Rails and Ties sinks into melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Harvey S. Karten
October 29, 2007
While it has the appearance of a made-for-TV weepie, it's well-acted, technically proficient, a solid story with genuine, credible emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 27, 2007
...ultimately redeemed by Kevin Bacon's expectedly engrossing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
October 26, 2007
It's closer to a small kind of affecting and simply human story we rarely get to see in mainstream movies anymore.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 26, 2007
While it features three strong performance and the debut of a promising filmmaker, the story line is obvious and rather melodramatic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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