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Off the Map Reviews

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 11, 2016
A quiet, moving character study, Off the Map never drifts into genre predictability and features uniformly excellent acting and sharp one-liners from screenwriter Joan Ackerman.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
August 15, 2005
A unique and quietly memorable multi-character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
May 31, 2005
I should point out that one character that makes the biggest impact is the landscape itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 12, 2005
[Off the Map] takes time to breathe, to savor the present and not get bogged down in all the little things that often dominate our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Cornelius
May 10, 2005
Scott lets the story take its own time, revealing its secrets in its own special way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 30, 2005
Off the Map ... is a movie you soak in and examine, like a painting in an art gallery. You study its shades and lines so you can appreciate the work as a whole.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 28, 2005
Quiet and quirky, yet refreshingly unpretentious, Off the Map is a welcome sojourn in a place that seems strange, yet entirely familiar.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 21, 2005
[A] lovely film, which hardly ever makes a move that feels wrong.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
April 20, 2005
...eloquently written but not overwritten, with a story that ultimately feels less like a literary construct and more like a spontaneous celebration of a few lived lives...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 14, 2005
A poetically rugged demonstration of these hypotheses, in which nature and human nature are shown to be variations of the same thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
A journey into an austere land of moviemaking where few artists dare go.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 14, 2005
Its distinctive rhythms and off-kilter humor introduce us to some intriguing people and make us eager to find out what will happen to them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 14, 2005
The stunning, almost scarily beautiful New Mexico landscape plays such a pivotal role that it ought to be listed in the credits right below Sam Elliott's name.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 9, 2005
Off the Map requires a bit of patience and a willingness to let the story come to you, but it's worth the wait.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 8, 2005
Despite some florid narration it is quietly spoken, humorous, quick with sympathy.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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
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
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