The Open Road (2009)




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Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, and Mary Steenburgen star in writer/director Michael Meredith's tale of a young man looking to reconnect with his long-lost father -- a famous athlete -- and bring him back to the bedside of his ailing mother. Lyle Lovett, Harry Dean Stanton, and Kate Mara fill out the supporting cast in the Perfect Weekend production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for some language)
Comedy , Drama
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Jeff Bridges
as Kyle Garrett
Justin Timberlake
as Carlton Garrett
Kate Mara
as Lucy
Lyle Lovett
as Bartender
Mary Steenburgen
as Katherine
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Critic Reviews for The Open Road

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

A screenplay that feels written by numbers, but excellent performances make it deserve more attention than this late summer dump

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

The Open Road is no Grand Prix winner, but it's no six-car pileup either. It's a low-key road movie that doesn't stray far from the very, very beaten path.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Despite its dependable cast, this ponderous road movie remains stuck in the slow lane.

September 1, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Entirely predictable but surprisingly involving.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

An earnestly acted film with a movie-of-the-week vibe, it's watchable but too slow-moving -- and far too predictable -- to be entirely engaging.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009

The picture contains a few inspired moments of antagonism and redemption, but it's hard to get energized about a feature film that positions Timberlake in a leading role. The movie practically begs for more Bridges.

Full Review… | November 19, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Open Road


Touching story. Really good actors, for the most part. Jeff Bridges makes it all completely worth while, in any case.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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You wouldn't think a movie with Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, Mary Steenburgen, and the beautiful Kate Mara would be so dull. None of theses people give a horrible performance, there's just really nothing there. It tries to be an evolving drama, but it fails in that sense. It tries to be humorous in sections, and it fails at that too. The story is pretty typical. Carlton Garrett(Justin Timberlake) is the son of baseball great Kyle Garrett(Jeff Bridges). They haven't talked for awhile, but since Carls mom is having medical issues and wants to see Kyle; Carl has to go get him. Carl also brings along his ex-girlfriend now friend, who is contemplating marrying another guy, Carl and Lucy's(Kate Mara) relationship isn't very believable either. Overall the movie is watchable, just nothing special or of particular interest. Easily forgettable.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Nothing spectacular.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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