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Around the Bend Reviews

October 29, 2004
Calling this 'tired' gives fatigue a bad name.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2004
In the end Around the Bend isn't an awful movie. It's merely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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 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
First-time filmmaker Jordan Roberts worked on this project for years, but merely ended up with dreary cliche.
October 15, 2004
It's so programmatic, so dogged in hitting the right steps at the right time that it completely lacks spontaneity.
October 15, 2004
The movie, sadly, wants us to be all warm and cozy. It wants to tuck us into bed. Try not to fall asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2004
Would be a much bigger treat if dramas like this weren't already plentiful on cable television.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
October 15, 2004
Of course, audiences need and deserve tales of family reconciliation, but that doesn't make this one any less bogus at its softly fluttering heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2004
Sadly, this predictable film will not mean as much to audiences as it obviously does to its creator.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 14, 2004
A sobby road movie marked, and marred, by labored performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2004
Roberts sat on his script for years, and it has gone stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 14, 2004
A somewhat predictable tale of family bonding, given some grit and grace by Christopher Walken and Michael Caine.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
If you are not anesthetized by the ploddingly sincere direction of Jordan Roberts, the unrelenting country/ pop hit parade on the soundtrack will put you in a stupor.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 8, 2004
Around the Bend unflinchingly deals with grief and emotional scars, but it offers a life-affirming meditation on familial ties that bind.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
It's a shame we only get a hint of substance at the close of the story, and have to sit through so many lame jokes and so much labored symbolism to get there.
October 8, 2004
Walken invests Turner, a former convict and heroin addict, with a world-weariness and pathos that far exceed anything in the script -- or the terrible makeup he's wearing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 8, 2004
Despite an absolutely wonderful performance by Walken as a man tortured by his conscience, the trip is a clunky affair, with strained moments of both humor and bathos.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2004
Gentlemen, it's a male chick flick -- 'The Dirty Secrets of the Ya-Ya Brotherhood.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
October 7, 2004
It's the showy story, script, and even staging that wear a fella out in this relentlessly precious feature debut by writer-director Jordan Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 7, 2004
[There is] a final revelation which, however anticipated, however contrived, stings just enough to make it feel like life.
October 6, 2004
Veers deep into male-weepie territory even before the dramatic appearance of one character's baby picture provokes a climactic father-son confrontation.
September 29, 2004
Years of tinkering have left a residue of predictability -- a forced feeling of familial bonding burdened with an air of determined idiosyncrasy.
September 2, 2004
Although the story often feels contrived, honest performances and smart direction keep the film just the right side of sentimental.