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Restless Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
This movie pretends it's about death -- our couple meets because Enoch crashes funerals, a literary device that has no relevance here -- but it never scratches past the perfect pale void faces of its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
October 19, 2011
A pastiche of much better, more thoughtful films about 11th hour partnerships. Harold and Maude, Love Story, My Sister's Keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
September 17, 2011
Restless is not a complete waste of time because of the energy between the two main characters, but had me hankering for another viewing of Terms of Endearment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
September 15, 2011
Van Sant gives the young lovers the sort of gauzy, dreamily sensitive treatment that he's able to deliver in his sleep by now - but too often it seems like he might be working on just such a sleep-induced autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 17, 2011
It's a disappointing, maudlin development in a career that's been fascinating ever since he followed up Finding Forrester with Gerry.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
December 3, 2011
Had Restless been a silent film it may have been some kind of stylish masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 6, 2011
Restless may have a few things working in its favor, but the balance tips toward quaint self-indulgence, teenage narcissism and amateur storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Restless" exudes the maturity that eludes Mr. Van Sant's previous fusions of youth and death. It's too bad he still hasn't learned to shower his female leads with the same adoring attention he lavishes on his male ones.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2011
Restless shares with some of Van Sant's best work its gritty Portland, Ore., locations and a washed out palette. Unfortunately, that's all it shares with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 15, 2011
The sort of gargantuan catastrophe that only a master moviemaker can create.
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 6, 2011
"Restless" teeters close to so many screen clichés that, even when it treads in uncharted territory, it feels like you've been there before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
September 9, 2011
The results are not without drifting specks of poetry, but mostly suggest a fuzzy remake of Bresson's Four Nights of a Dreamer starring the cast of Twilight.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2011
It would be easy to make fun of the woozy soap operatics of "Restless," but Wasikowska cuts through all of that with piercing clarity.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2011
A work of off-putting bathos and lovey-dovey nonsense that inspires not just the titular agitation but stomach-cramping, eye-rolling antipathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
October 6, 2011
Restless is just as relentlessly whimsical and calculated as it sounds. The big surprise, however, is just how dreadfully acted, written and, yes, directed this clunker truly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 1, 2011
Gus Van Sant staggers back and forth across that line like a drunk with a busted stopwatch.
Kaleem Aftab
Independent (UK)
September 17, 2011
It feels like a series of scenes rather than a cohesive whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 16, 2011
This overly twee, morbidly cute romance initially digs up the ageless "Harold and Maude" as a touchstone before it slips the coils of watchability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 30, 2011
You'll forget you're watching a Van Sant production and not the Lifetime channel.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2011
Goopy doomed teen romance looks to appeal mostly to impressionable adolescent girls.
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects
September 17, 2011
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