Jack Goes Boating - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jack Goes Boating Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 7, 2010
The magnitude of the acting overshadows the modest reach of the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 1, 2010
Hoffman the director can't compete with Hoffman the film's star. And he can pretty much just stand in wonder at the layers co-star Amy Ryan brings to the party. The woman is a natural wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 1, 2010
The movie's heart and story, both bleeding and mending, and its quartet of characters are hard to abandon -- and easy to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 30, 2010
The best thing about Philip Seymour Hoffman's directing debut: It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 30, 2010
It belatedly reveals itself to be a meditation on the different kinds of loneliness, presenting isolation as a form of social stage fright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2010
Making his feature directing debut, Hoffman shows considerable generosity toward the other players, which was probably a good idea given his own listless performance as the mumbling title character.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 24, 2010
Hoffman brings all the methodical excellence that has made him such a force as an actor to his first outing as a director with the tender story of awkward, middle-aged love, betrayal and consequences in Jack Goes Boating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2010
Jack Goes Boating is a successful work of art. To see this movie is to feel that you've lived it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 23, 2010
Hoffman's direction is a mixture of skill and showiness. He's attentive to all the actors, but he can't resist cute camera angles and Fellini-esque touches that don't quite fit this story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 23, 2010
This is one of those rare movies that genuinely likes its characters and wishes them the best; as agonizing as it can be to watch Jack fumble toward human connection, Hoffman knows the fumbling's the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 23, 2010
The actors make it new and poignant, and avoid going over the top in the story's limited psychic and physical space. Even at their highest pitch, the emotions of these characters come from hearts long worn down by the troubles we see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 22, 2010
Hoffman is stymied by the difficult task of transforming stage material into a movie; Jack Goes Boating's camera just sits there while actors act.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 17, 2010
Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut is a showcase for four passionate, authentic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 17, 2010
The ruefully funny Jack Goes Boating, which, refreshingly, takes a generous view of its flawed characters, is a must for us many Hoffman fans.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 17, 2010
As is so often the case in modest, aimless little movies like this one, it is the acting that saves Jack Goes Boating from triviality or worse.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2010
It's an intimate, slice-of-life story in which things move deliberately, character goals are modest, and emotions -- both of the internal and external kind -- take center stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 16, 2010
The performances are strong, and Glaudini pulls the story forward largely on the sweet image of an adult gladly taking baby steps into a new world.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 16, 2010
Making his debut behind the camera, Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman directs like he acts, with a sharp eye for the small details that cut to the soul of a character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
Time Out
September 15, 2010
It's a mighty awkward adaptation for such an uncomplicated project...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 14, 2010
Hoffman reveals Jack the sad sack to be an odd, inarticulate Buddha, willing to put in the work it takes for growth.
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
September 14, 2010
[A] pleasure of a film.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
One of the most gifted actors of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his debut behind the camera, even while starring in the title role, and the verdict is ... a deep disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 14, 2010
We get a scattering of those breathless hushes that, in the theatre, always make me wish I'd ordered a Scotch for the intermission. Yet there is, for all that, something impressive in the very doggedness of the project, and in Hoffman's dedication...
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
An encouraging film for the large Philip Seymour Hoffman fan club -- he directs with the same energy and integrity he brings to his acting.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 25, 2010
Hoffman brings a sympathetic touch to a small dramatic piece that recalls the warm-hearted "little people" dramas of the '50s.