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Don't Come Knocking Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
By the time we get to the point where the camera is endlessly circling Shepard sitting on a sofa in the middle of the street, it feels as if he and his director were making things up as they went along.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 1, 2006
The story is as meandering as it is self-indulgent.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2006
The charm here is in watching Shepard and Lange, and Shepard and Saint play off one another, and the leisurely pace of the 'discoveries' that aren't really secrets in the first place.
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2006
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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
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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
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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-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
It degenerates into one of those scream-o-ramas, an emotional hellzapoppin', where everybody tries to make everybody else cry.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2006
As arresting as the images are, Shepard's clunky, soap-opera banter brings most everything, and everyone, crashing down to earth.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 7, 2006
Shards of honesty pierce the action, true little moments that wound or heal a weak man in a flawed story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 7, 2006
It has the feel of an idea that was kicked around without ever finding its footing.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 7, 2006
A moving film that hangs with you like a favorite vacation to red-rock country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2006
Burdened with uneven acting and portentous dialogue, the film has one important saving grace. Franz Lustig's cinematography exquisitely captures the grandeur and loneliness of the American West.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2006
Don't Come Knocking finally doesn't work for me, because instead of embodying its themes it seems to be regarding them from outside, with awe, as if it is the high school production of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 6, 2006
It walks a fine line between sentimentality and satire, but rarely stumbles, thanks to a cast that is captivating to hear and watch.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 6, 2006
There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 24, 2006
[A] big-hearted failure of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2006
A pretentious drama about a formerly famous movie star undergoing an identity crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
March 24, 2006
For those in tune with Shepard's oeuvre; Wenders' sly, muted tone; and the exquisite cinematography of Franz Lustig, Don't Come Knocking can be quirkily resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 23, 2006
It's a beautiful mess, but it's a mess all the same.
| Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2006
There are so many good performances here.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 17, 2006
This is the Diet Coke of existentialism. One calorie. Not existential enough.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 17, 2006
More a cry of regret than a coherent story.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2006
Despite a fine cast, the film feels as lost as Howard, unsure of its direction or tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 16, 2006
Visually majestic but dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 16, 2006
Lustig's cinematography has a Walker Evans-like power.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 16, 2006
Much as you want to walk away from the messes it makes, Don't Come Knocking is like a performing panhandler on the subway whose shtick is just funny enough to grab your attention -- along with a little loose change.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 16, 2006
A weirdly atonal film that lurches between heavy-breathing comedy and dramatic overkill.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 15, 2006
What gives it a vital, touching dimension is that Shepard, as actor and writer, depicts Howard's burnout from a hard-bitten inside knowledge of celebrity's privileges and traps.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 14, 2006
Don't Come Knocking would cure even Tom Waits of barroom whimsy for life.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 10, 2006
The longer Don't Come Knocking goes on, the less interesting it becomes, its considerable promise sacrificed by a director's inability to keep his self-indulgences in check.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2005
A dry, spare, odd and oddly satisfying drama about a modern-day lonesome cowboy, lost in a desert of his own making, who seeks salvation by searching out those he left behind.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 19, 2005
Strikes some resonant chords but also hits notes that simply don't ring true and are borderline risible at times.