The Indian Runner Reviews

April 29, 2011
The film is slow and pretentious, but it's a feature debut and Sean Penn, a distinguished actor, is good with his cast.
March 26, 2009
Rambling, indulgent and joltingly raw at times, Sean Penn's first outing as a director takes a fair amount of patience to get through but has an integrity that intermittently serves it well.
October 5, 2006
Muscular if overwrought drama with great performances.
February 9, 2006
Penn's first project as writer/director is a film out of time, drenched in an overbearing '60s world-view which veers between the dated and the dopey.
November 10, 2005
September 8, 2005
June 26, 2005
July 18, 2003
Probes the love/hate relationship between two brothers destined to follow different stars.
June 20, 2003
May 24, 2003
Penn's generosity to his actors is welcome, and Mortensen and Morse make the most of it with substantial performances, but a tighter reign might have livened up a film that at times becomes a little ponderous.
May 23, 2003
May 20, 2003
Loose, rambling and sometimes rudderless as it is, "The Indian Runner" has a fundamental honesty that gives it real substance.
March 12, 2003
July 29, 2002
February 28, 2002
June 27, 2001
Although the camera always gives precedence to the actor, Penn is not just merely a manipulator of theatrics. He conjures up superb images rivalling anything in modern American moviemaking.
January 1, 2000
Penn surrounds his brothers with supporting characters who are so well-realized, I'll remember them as long as I remember the leads.
January 1, 2000
June 1, 1991
Penn is trying to get at gritty American ''truths'' about love, brutality, and blood ties. Somehow, though, it's all a bit pat: By now, even these stark themes have the ring of movie conventions.