Tennessee

2009

Tennessee

Critics Consensus

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

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52%

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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) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (14)

  • A formulaic indie road drama.

    Jul 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The problem with the film is that it is depressing for no real reason.

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

    Jun 8, 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.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Two brothers slowly make their way from New Mexico back to their home in Tennessee in a watery indie drama.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
    New York Post
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  • As a Texas waitress, Carey is convincing -- more so than the film itself.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for Tennessee

  • Oct 14, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2010
    Dreary and glum with a flicker of hope at the end.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2009
    "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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