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Around the Bend Reviews

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October 28, 2004
All the script has going for it is its tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 28, 2004
Bend does provide some mild chuckles and gorgeous scenes of rock formations, ruins and blazing sunsets, but it isn't very engaging beyond that.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
October 28, 2004
[W]alks a fine line that many films fall to navigate: the one that divides wacky-for-wacky's-sake from the wacky kind of oddballness that characterizes, you know, life.
October 27, 2004
The dynamo performance Walken provides is akin to what Michael Jordan did on the basketball court, making everyone around him better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2004
Given the plotline, how about a KFC promotion in which their chicken is sold in a bucket that's shaped like an urn?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 27, 2004
Endearing performances and a witty script make up for the awkward pacing and maudlin premise. **
October 26, 2004
An ugly secret changes the mood of the piece from maudlin and trite to jarringly maudlin and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 24, 2004
Jordan Roberts' feature debut pulls off the dizzying high-wire act of being both a misty-eyed glimpse into four generations of the men in the Lair family and a steely meditation on manhood, parenting, and the pitfalls thereof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2004
A sentimental journey, to be sure, but is saved by bleakly humorous moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2004
It's a particularly precious form of art-house entertainment, well-acted but ultimately mawkish and forcibly odd, the indie-film equivalent of a Hallmark card.
October 22, 2004
Uneven, with too much going on and too many distractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 22, 2004
In Michael Caine and Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas, [Roberts has] surrounded himself with a first-rate cast who, with one exception, seize the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2004
Walken manages to deliver something pure and heartfelt here. Unfortunately, he's doing so in a film weighed down by coincidences and quirks.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 22, 2004
Seems to think it's extra-crunchy, but winds up a pretty regular affair.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 22, 2004
When Roberts should be avoiding the potholes of sentimentality and cliche ... he drives straight at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2004
Around the Bend has outstanding acting and a short running time, and still the story runs thin.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 21, 2004
This movie is too precious by half, but the smooth, unhurried performances of Caine and Walken (along with the sturdy work of Josh Lucas) allow plenty of room for forgiveness.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 21, 2004
The premise is one of those only-in- the-movies deals: Walken, Lucas and Bobo take off on a road trip during which old family wounds are instantaneously healed while the sun sets in the west.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2004
There are a couple of minor detours, but on the whole the movie never loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2004
While undoubtedly well-intentioned...just too forced to strike more than a glancing blow to the heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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