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Trucker Reviews

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October 7, 2009
Were it not for Michelle Monaghan's convincingly dirt-under-the-fingernails performance in the title role, there would be absolutely nothing about the film to distinguish it from dozens of other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
October 19, 2009
Most of Trucker comes off like a sincere but totally artificial slice of life.
David D'Arcy
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Even with some fine acting, this film can be a long tiring ride.
Mark Peikert
New York Press
October 14, 2009
You want to like Trucker. You really do. But writer-director James Mottern makes it awfully hard with his washed-out, predictable aesthetic.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 9, 2009
Monaghan does a reasonably good job with a formulaic script that calls for her to become prettier and more feminine as she learns to be a mama bear to her smart-mouthed but ultimately adorable kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
October 21, 2009
Features spectacular performances but these excellent actors are required to do too much heavy lifting with a script that plays out too predictably to be effective.
Christopher Null
October 8, 2009
when Monaghan's 10-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett) shows up, the air blows out of the movie faster than a blown tire on an 18-wheeler
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 23, 2009
The only thing to take away from this bumpy ride is the smooth performance by Monaghan.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
June 10, 2008
What's missing from the payload is surprise.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 9, 2009
The vehicle (if you will pardon the pun) doesn't quite know what to do with her character. And so the movie, the first feature written and directed by James Mottern, turns into a conventional mother-child reunion drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
October 19, 2009
You know exactly what is going to happen and you don't really care.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 1, 2009
Unremarkable at best, remarkably bad at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
October 23, 2009
The whole thing plays with wobbly craft that, finally, creates a deep patina of suspicion and dullness.
| Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 14, 2009
Monaghan, so good in Gone Baby Gone, mopes self-consciously through the role of Diane, a loner who finds her heart when she's thrown together with her estranged 11-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett), whom she takes on the road. Yes, it's one of those movies.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 17, 2009
Good characters and a strong start run out of gas by the end
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2009
I concede the story arc is fairly predictable, assuming neither one murders the other. But Mottern and his actors take no hostages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
October 9, 2009
With the sad state of the indie business Trucker may make a fast exit to Netflix, but thanks to Michelle Monaghan it's a trip worth taking wherever you may find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 7, 2009
In his tough-minded commitment to both his characters and to their lower-middle-class milieu, the filmmaker recasts his potentially disastrous material into something that feels emotionally honest, if not exactly revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 6, 2009
There may as well be a road sign announcing Diane's transformation from reckless loner to diligent mother, but it's a smooth ride thanks to Monaghan, and an impressive ensemble.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
January 9, 2010
The movie is a shining star in the indie universe much like "Frozen River." It hits the nail on the head in dealing with real feelings and honest emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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