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Rails & Ties Reviews

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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
October 25, 2007
No doubt about it, Alison Eastwood has picked up a thing or two from her old man. Her debut feature is slow, deliberate, assured, and shot with a graceful feel for place -- none of which is enough to overcome the creaky themes.
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
November 12, 2007
There's just not much here to recommend at all.
October 26, 2007
Rails & Ties is so self-consciously unadorned that it feels as if its director didn't want us to think that she was trying to make a cinematic statement. She hasn't.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 26, 2007
The only conceivable reason for Warner Bros. to (barely) release this mush is as a favor to Clint Eastwood, whose daughter Alison directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 25, 2007
Alison Eastwood has a good eye for composition but misses out completely on bringing some much-needed rhythmic variety and humor to the maudlin source material.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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-
October 25, 2007
No amount of clunky train metaphors can cover up the movie's routine dramatic trajectory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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
November 8, 2007
The younger Eastwood tells her story with sledgehammer blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
October 25, 2007
Scripts [don't] come any sudsier than Micky Levy's awesomely bathetic Rails & Ties.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 26, 2007
A movie that should have had some more work done to it, and could have been better if it had, arrives with all its flaws carefully preserved.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2007
To describe the plot is to parody the film. Though impeccably acted and directed with a solemn, professional gloss, it sinks under the weight of its absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 24, 2007
The opening act is strong, but the story's trajectory is so obvious this often seems to be traveling along tracks as well -- into a valley of soap suds.
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.
October 25, 2007
As lovely as some of the footage looks and as committed as are the three lead performances, they serve only to make Rails & Ties play like an exceptionally well-acted and well-made Lifetime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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