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Tennessee (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Despite some beautiful scenery, Tennessee can't extend its simple premise beyond typical independent road trip movie tropes.

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Two brothers set out in search of their estranged father in this road-bound family drama produced by Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball) and starring singer Mariah Carey. As siblings, Carter (Adam Rothenberg) and Ellis (Ethan Peck) never saw eye to eye. Now Ellis has been diagnosed with leukemia, and his only hope for survival is to track down their estranged father, who lives in Tennessee. Putting their differences aside for the time being, Carter agrees to join Ellis, and together the two siblings decide to hitchhike their way across the country. Along the way, Carter and Ellis cross paths with a waitress named Krystal (Carey), who has put her lifelong dream of becoming a singer on hold for far too long. Somewhere on the road to Tennessee, all three will discover the true power of hope, and the importance of family in times of need.

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Critic Reviews for Tennessee

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

A formulaic indie road drama.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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The problem with the film is that it is depressing for no real reason.

Full Review… | June 8, 2009
At the Movies
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It is a brooding, heavy story that has moments of visual beauty, but is ultimately imbued with a permanent glumness.

June 8, 2009
At the Movies
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The good news for Carey is that she gets to prove she's a pretty decent actress after all. The bad news, of course, is that she's done it in a movie no one has any other reason to see.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
New York Daily News
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Two brothers slowly make their way from New Mexico back to their home in Tennessee in a watery indie drama.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
New York Post
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As a Texas waitress, Carey is convincing -- more so than the film itself.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for Tennessee

With a sluggish pace and little invention to its premise it won't stand out much against other indie roadtrip flicks, but Tennessee is held aloft by it's leads (including Mariah Carey showing a grand improvement in her acting), ravishingly filmed environment and its emotionally human center with a moving ending.

Cameron Metrejean
Cameron Metrejean
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"I'm always up for a road-trip movie. This one just wasn't the best that I have seen. I was a little iffy going into just because the movie has the singer Mariah Carey playing one of the lead roles. Of course she's some type of singer in the film. That's not predictable at all. But she wasn't the worse part about the film. She actually did a pretty decent job in the movie. The problem with the film was... I just can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was the slowness or the lack of anything really happening that had me finding this film to be just meh. I did however enjoy moments of the movie. I think the relationship between the two brothers was what I enjoyed the most. The way Carter gave everything up for Ellis was heroic. Plus their story is a sad and tragic story. It wasn't easy watching some of the flash-back scenes of their father being abusive. So in all, not a bad film, but nothing too great happening in it either. Acting was solid but that is as about as good as it gets with this movie."

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This was a really good movie, despite that fact that Mariah Carey was in it. She isnt the best actress by any account, BUT the movie around her more than made up for it. The main cast was really talented, and they had me mesmerized. This was a very moving, touching slow paced drama...right up my alley on a dark and dreary morning.

Cynthia S.
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