The Rambler (2013)



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Upon release from prison, a solitary man known only as "the Rambler" (Dermot Mulroney) embarks on a mysterious journey en route to reconnecting with his long-lost brother. Traversing treacherous back roads, lost highways, and isolated small towns, he unearths a multitude of bizarre and wickedly depraved slices of Americana. (c) Official Site
R (for disturbing gory violence, strong language including sexual references and for brief nudity)
Comedy , Drama
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Dermot Mulroney
as The Rambler
James Cady
as The Scientist
Scott Sharot
as The Driver

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Misguided exercise in genre fetishism marks a forgettable misfire.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

What all of this means is, frankly, nothing. But it's a handsome nothing, at least until you get sick of the screaming.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Foreboding images abound - crawling lizards, mysterious lights in the sky, a funereal assembly populated by grotesques - along with occasional ambient droning on the soundtrack and moments of mild humor and raw gore. Do the tableaus add up? Not really.

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The kind of movie where more effort seems to have gone into the cast's wardrobe than their dialogue.

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Village Voice
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Writer-director Calvin Lee Reeder's randomly splattering take on the back-country-road movie.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Top Critic

I can't say I understand Calvin Lee Reeder's intentions concerning The Rambler, but since there's plenty of room for interpretation, I found my own meaning amongst this wacky mess of mummies and red wine.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
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Quite possibly the most absurd and disgusting/disturbing film I've ever seen that had absolutely no point or too many to count. I don't even know how to begin to comment on the performances of the casting crew, as it was just one big "hot ass mess" as my Girlfriend would say. However, this film did give me one take away or one question that left me perplexed, disturbed and I'll guiltily admit intrigued; how in the hell could a writer create this ridiculous string of scenes and then stack upon each other? My initial instinct is to say, don't watch. But if you're brave, give it a peak and you and I can revel in the disgusting, vial, awful and yet intriguing nature of this film together. I assure you, it will be like nothing you have ever seen. Uhhh... dammit. Uhhh... 5/10.

Mitch Ham
Mitch Ham

A nameless man is released from prison and hitchhikes across the West heading for a job at his brother's ranch, meeting a mummy-collecting professor who records people's dreams on VHS tape and other insane weirdos along the way. This is going to be marketed as a horror movie but you should go in looking at it as a black comedy; it's got the twisted humor of your sickest nightmares.

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Greg S

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