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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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It's not the pie that is meant to make this watchable, it is Wai's greatest gift, observing people, little slices of life in New York, Memphis or Nevada. Unfortunately in this case, those slices don't add up to a meal, or even dessert.
But it's not the English that seems to trip up the writer-director; it's the language. Wong's script, co-written with Lawrence Block, tosses out the filmmaker's genius for non-verbal characterization and replaces it with talk, talk, talk.
... while the actors' dialogue delivery is perfectly natural, the aphoristic philosophical nuggets Wong favors sound banal and clunky in this context, leaving the film thematically in the shallow end of the pool.
The movie is all over the map in more than just its cross-country itinerary, and these stars are all far too good looking to imagine them as unrequited lovers and perpetual losers. But that blueberry pie sure looks awfully good.