Mary Poppins Returns
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You come out of "Back Roads" feeling more familiar with the configuration of Sally Field's spinal column and chestbone than the character she's struggling to embody.
Very good on local colour but a bit sugary in its attitude to the central relationship, it would have been better taking a bleaker cue from Tommy Lee Jones' admirably dry performance.
If the movie had been willing to deal honestly with the plight of its characters, it wouldn't need to be clutterted up with eccentrics and hearts of gold.
Less a movie than an extended sketch, and it's to the credit of Mr. Ritt, his stars and Gary Devore, the screenwriter, that the movie is so much fun.
It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt.
A quiet and unassuming little comedy, a dual-gendered character study mixed with a low-key "road trip" adventure.
Back Roads is a love story with real clout.
Despite the efforts of the two talented leads, their central relationship fails to ignite, while the comedy is lacklustre at best.
There are a lot of good actors in this movie, but the story lets them down. It's boring, predictable, and disappointing in the end. I didn't care for it, and I wouldn't recommend it.
appealing performers but the script isn't great
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