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Rails & Ties Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
November 12, 2007
There's just not much here to recommend at all.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 26, 2007
A modest but emotionally affecting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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
October 25, 2007
There's a chance that a good film might have been salvaged from these questionable ingredients, but Eastwood opts for the tried-and-true approach of tearjerkers past.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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 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.
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.
October 24, 2007
It's becoming a bit tiresome watching Kevin Bacon suffer, and he isn't done any favors by this thudding weeper.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 24, 2007
Mr. Bacon, Ms. Gay Harden and Mr. Heizer are talented enough almost to bring off this fragile conceit -- almost, but not quite.
September 5, 2007
A capable but modest directorial debut by Alison Eastwood.
September 4, 2007
This directorial debut by Clint's daughter gets stuck in a one-way dramatic track.