Around the Bend - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Around the Bend Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2004
Calling this 'tired' gives fatigue a bad name.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
... a student film that benefits from the participation of solid professionals.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 15, 2004
It's one of those films where the characters always seem to be Behaving, as if ordinary life has to be jacked up into eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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
Chris Barsanti
October 6, 2004
The kind of thing that would be playing nonstop if there were a Lifetime Network for Men
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
October 31, 2004
How does a film like this get national distribution when dozens of films exactly like it wallow in Sundance obscurity, never to see the light of day outside Park City?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 15, 2004
It's so programmatic, so dogged in hitting the right steps at the right time that it completely lacks spontaneity.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
October 7, 2004
A mildly entertaining film that will slip from most minds shortly after the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 7, 2004
Jordan Roberts's debut as a film director is a heavily padded, thinly conceived, well-meaning movie about four generations of men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 29, 2004
This is the male equivalent of the chick flick. It could have been titled Divine Secrets of the Da-Da Brotherhood.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 15, 2004
A slight exercise in sentiment, a funny Hallmark card to the bereaved.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 7, 2004
From eccentric old codgers to undisclosed fatal illnesses, Roberts pulls at the heartstrings in the most cliched and commercial ways.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
There is some nice familial bonding buried in there, somewhere, but it takes too much effort to dig it out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 14, 2004
The cutesy twists may not be predictable, but they send the characters through familiar landscapes on the way to an inevitable emotional destination.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
October 14, 2004
I suppose Kirk Douglas wasn't available after It Runs In The Family and Diamonds, or just realized he couldn't do another film along the same lines as bad as those again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 19, 2004
An appealing performance by underrated hunk Josh Lucas can't save this well-meaning indie debut from a mawkish TV-movie of the week glow.
| Original Score: 2/4
Carlo Cavagna
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+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 25, 2004
O diretor e roteirista estreante exibe um autêntico desespero em emocionar o público com os personagens e tom tipicamente "indies", mas o resultado é simplório e entediante.
| Original Score: 1/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 31, 2005
There's not much happening even when the viewer eventually gets around the bend.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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