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Off the Map Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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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.
| 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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
A journey into an austere land of moviemaking where few artists dare go.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 8, 2005
It's so focused on the subject that the downer mood becomes distressingly contagious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 24, 2005
Ms. Ackerman writes graceful dialogue and strong characters, while Mr. Scott, directing his third feature, has an actor-turned-director's regard for both the dialogue and the characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2005
Has the feel of a coming-of-age novel.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 16, 2005
This is a character study more than a forward-moving drama, plopped down with exquisite photographic care in a beautiful New Mexico desert, and starring good actors who make a feast of their flavorful roles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 14, 2005
I think Campbell Scott's a talented filmmaker, very good cast, but the story up and down and up and down and all around.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2005
It takes a rugged survivalist mentality to sit through 108 minutes of Off the Map.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 11, 2005
If it's not the best example of a film's adaptation of a play -- well, it's a fine example of what independent, idiosyncratic filmmaking is all about.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 11, 2005
Perhaps the most evocative movie of the new year.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 11, 2005
Scott's work as a director lacks the sense of vivid urgency he's displayed as an actor.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
Campbell Scott has made sure that every frame of this lushly beautiful film reflects the potent, almost mystical, effect the region's plateaus, canyons and deserts have on their human inhabitants.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 11, 2005
There's a collective scintillation about its rich, distinctive characters, narrative serendipity and ineffable magic.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2005
In a stealthy and touching way, it shows how people can work on one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 10, 2005
Slow, ruminative and dusted with wisps of folksy humor.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 10, 2005
A well-intended but weak and plodding art-house pretender.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 10, 2005
Funny and heartbreaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 10, 2005
To watch Off the Map is to be pulled into a private universe on the brink of civilization -- from which, at the end of two hours, it is impossible to exit unaffected.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 10, 2005
Reveals its stage roots through prosaic narration (by Amy Brenneman, as the grown-up Bo) and metaphor-laden dialogue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2005
As with many of the best non-conformist American indies and foreign films, it's taken much too long for Off the Map to achieve distribution, and it's been our loss.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 8, 2005
The perfs here are largely a matter of posing.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2004
Nicely enough, it's packed with droll humor and smart compassion.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2003
Most excels as a subtly observed study of how the dynamics within a close-knit family can shift over time.