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Don't Come Knocking Reviews

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 6, 2006
The narrative that unfolds in the wake of Spence's journey recalls Paris but walks too heavy for a character study to gel.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Utichi
May 6, 2006
Don't Come Knocking might have been better in the hands of a less self-conscious director, but it's nonetheless a captivating drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2006
The dusty backdrop evokes a palpable sense of transience and the lingering past, but there's ultimately very little beneath the gesturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
May 6, 2006
Another masterpiece from Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 6, 2006
Provocative and haunting, but as a moviegoing experience, it's rather elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2006
With its wonderful veteran cast, its heart on its sleeve, and a love for the landscape that suffuses its technique, Don't Come Knocking is a peculiar but rewarding escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 6, 2006
Sam Shepard, an actor of increasingly bimbo-ish narcissism, gives another tiresome, cowboy-hat-wearing performance in a monumentally boring and conceited film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 5, 2006
The pacing is so poky, and the situations so loopy, that the movie skirts the line between unintentionally comic and knowingly pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 5, 2006
At times the film is labored and forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
That the movie doesn't deepen so much as trail off is a frustrating but fitting embodiment of a protagonist who's never taken responsibility for anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
April 27, 2006
An engaging drama with strong performances and gorgeous photography, this a minor return to form for director Wim Wenders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 25, 2006
A movie at war with itself, Wim Wenders' latest adopts an ambling gait and doofy cornpone poses in the service of material that probably deserved deeper, more serious consideration.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 21, 2006
Spence has much in common with Shepard and Wenders. They seem equally bewildered about what to do, other than spending nearly two hours demonstrating that Spence is a self-pitying fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 21, 2006
[Wenders and Shepard] ramble the stark countryside, two filmmakers in search of meaning. Interesting, beautiful to watch, but pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
April 21, 2006
Suffers badly from an emotional aimlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 21, 2006
Don't Come Knocking isn't noticeably relevant or insightful, even if you're able to suspend disbelief long enough to buy the idea of a western movie star in the 21st Century.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 21, 2006
Squanders an interesting set-up and lead character for half-baked indie quirkiness, unstimulating Americana and dull themes about family...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
April 21, 2006
I'm sorry, but not only did I find "Don't Come Knocking" implausible and far-fetched, but also tedious.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 20, 2006
The kind of movie you stretch out in, wander around, and -- like the characters onscreen -- just let happen to you.
| Original Score: B-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 20, 2006
As soon as the paint dries, you might as well hang Wenders' non-moving picture in a museum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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