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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.
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
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
November 3, 2007
It's not all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 26, 2007
[Director Alison] Eastwood has the advantage of two very fine actors, Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden, who have the ability to lift the most mediocre of material into another realm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 26, 2007
A modest but emotionally affecting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 26, 2007
Rails & Ties essentially remains a TV movie weepie, but it's a high-end one.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 26, 2007
Fortunately for first-time director Alison Eastwood, Rails & Ties is populated by three sensitive actors who tread carefully through Micky Levy's anachronistic script.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
October 26, 2007
Heartfelt, compelling family drama, particularly for an adult, female audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
September 22, 2007
Rails & Ties is definitely a heart-tugger, but it earns its tears modestly.
Kim Voynar
September 15, 2007
[Eastwood's] gotten over the hurdle of making that first film; now, I want to see what she's really capable of doing.
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Todd McCarthy
September 5, 2007
A capable but modest directorial debut by Alison Eastwood.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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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.
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