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Tennessee Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 2009
A formulaic indie road drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 15, 2009
Has beautiful scenery and brief suspense, but that's not nearly enough to keep you immersed or captivated in the often contrived story or any of its poorly developed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.25/10
Clay Cane
June 10, 2009
So the big question is -- how was Mariah? Surprisingly, Mrs. Cannon was the light in an otherwise morbid and boring film. She had flair, swagger and a convincing Texas accent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 8, 2009
The problem with the film is that it is depressing for no real reason.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 8, 2009
It is a brooding, heavy story that has moments of visual beauty, but is ultimately imbued with a permanent glumness.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 8, 2009
Too formulaic to be the sort of low-budget film that garners critical buzz or a cult audience; and too 'indie' to click with the mainstream crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
June 7, 2009
A rewarding and moving small drama with exceptionally fine performances all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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New York Post
June 5, 2009
Two brothers slowly make their way from New Mexico back to their home in Tennessee in a watery indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rafer Guzman
June 5, 2009
As a Texas waitress, Carey is convincing -- more so than the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Metz
Dallas Morning News
June 5, 2009
The good news is that Carey isn't bad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 5, 2009
Tennessee is an earnest, increasingly preposterous road movie about unhealed family wounds and fraternal bonds.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 5, 2009
Though Tennessee feels more like a demo reel than a movie, the simplicity of Peck's performance and the naked pain of Rothenberg's are quite affecting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 4, 2009
Tennessee is occasionally a chore to sit through, but it does yield some third-act rewards for patient viewers, as the characters' willingness to sacrifice for the other is suddenly brought into sharp focus.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
June 3, 2009
Tennessee veers dangerously 
close to made-for-TV territory. But you utterly believe the bond between the siblings, and Rothenberg excels in his role of a protective older bro who also happens to be a haunted binge drinker.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 1, 2009
Serving merely formulaic find-yourself melodrama, the film coasts along lackadaisically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Prairie Miller
May 27, 2009
Mariah Carey is more than just the big star in this small story. She's the warm, charismatic, deliciously down home presence that fills the screen with charm to spare, though her character lacks the attention and depth lavished upon the male protagonists.
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2009
Let's knock out the elephant in the room from the jump: Mariah Carey turns in a perfectly respectable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2008
The dramatic payoffs are either nonexistent or overly manipulated, and for a journey that starts with so much deep-set pain and regret to end with a sentimental twist feels, to use a phrase anathema in Carey's world, off-key.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
December 4, 2008
Woodley's film mostly floats along on its melancholy drift, so well-attuned to the low-key rhythms of its beaten-down characters that it never quite summons up enough energy for the rest of us, who are along for the ride.
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