Around the Bend - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Around the Bend Reviews

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April 18, 2009
Michael Caine and Christopher Walken breath spirited life into debut writer/director Jordan Roberts' road trip of family bonding in this independent movie with a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2005
...in many ways the softer scenes have more punch to them than any of the emotional confrontations or dramatic revelations
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2005
An unusual, oddly satisfying film that's part road movie and part emotional drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 24, 2005
The film is not quite the deep drama or outrageous comedy it tries to be, but an engaging little story nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2004
I liked "Around the Bend" enough to wish it were a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Endearing performances and a witty script make up for the awkward pacing and maudlin premise. **
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
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 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
There are a couple of minor detours, but on the whole the movie never loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2004
Sometimes you have to dig up the past and deal with it. Life is full of little surprises and nice moments and this movie has both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 15, 2004
A subdued Walken brings magic to the sweet tale of a dysfunctional family.
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October 14, 2004
While his recent movies have only teased us with his greatness, this one offers the full Christopher Walken.
October 11, 2004
Although I was kind of lukewarm on the picture before the ending, wanting to like more than I was able to, the surprise in the conclusion won me over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2004
This might have been a standard-issue, generational male-bonding road movie, if not for the amazing work of Christopher Walken.
October 8, 2004
True to the male-bonding genre template, Around the Bend is a road movie that churns up everything required for a good laugh and a good cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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