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Off the Map Reviews

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David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 8, 2005
Despite some florid narration it is quietly spoken, humorous, quick with sympathy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 8, 2005
Surprisingly enjoyable and insightful, full of hope and generosity, with characters and a story that not only satisfy but also shed light in various directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 8, 2005
It's supposed to invite you in, and it does, with eccentric characters, soft stories and a sense of spare solidity that feels more true than precious.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
April 8, 2005
Meandering and quirky, it's a pensive meditation with stunning cinematography by Juan Ruiz Ancha, who has brilliantly captured the endless blue skies that inspire so many.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
April 7, 2005
Sam Elliott is depressed in New Mexico. I was depressed in Las Vegas watching this film.
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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 7, 2005
Scott's directorial hand is light but sure, totally trusting of his actors and script, patiently building and sustaining a mood and tone that's always true to the material, devoid of any showing off or intrusive humor, and infused with a tangible honesty
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 7, 2005
Despite an often stunning sense of time and place, it can't escape some fatally stage-bound dialogue.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
April 7, 2005
A quirky, involving film filled with wonderful performances.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 2, 2005
There are simply too many people populating this comedy-drama, which keeps introducing more and more story elements until there isn't enough time to sufficiently tie them all up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2005
Its story meanders and doesn't build, and the pace is deadly, dictated by the rhythms of deep-feeling actors and not by a director with an urgent interest in the narrative. Then again, what narrative?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 1, 2005
A disconnected, implausible story that aims for a tone of magic realism and falls short on both counts.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 1, 2005
It's hard not to like a movie in which a mother tells her daughter: 'Come help me finish skinning the bear, and we'll have a picnic.'
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 28, 2005
Flat, pointless rambling film made worse by an adolescent talking like she walked in from a Theater of the Absurd production.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 27, 2005
If you've ever stood under a night sky and felt the earth turning beneath you -- and felt insignificant and elated at the same time -- Campbell Scott has your number.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 26, 2005
Proves a case of some very good actors crossing the boundary from the region of off-beat domestic drama into the dread realm of preciousness and pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 25, 2005
What Off the Map lacks in originality, it makes up for with its excellent cast and Scott's lyrical imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 25, 2005
If you're not a Joan Allen fan going into Campbell Scott's offbeat dramedy Off the Map, you will be by the time the lights come up.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 25, 2005
In spite of being shot in the sun-saturated desert landscapes of New Mexico, Off the Map feels half-baked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 25, 2005
Off the Map doesn't defy description. It is, however, shortchanged by it. This is a film that must be allowed to cast its hypnotic spell on its own terms.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
A beautifully acted, almost magical-realist tone poem about family and memory.
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