Reviews

Oct 29, 2009
Monaghan demonstrates an untapped level of talent and skill in Trucker, tackling the difficult role of a woman who refuses to behave as societal norms dictate and has paid the price with loneliness and alienation.
Oct 23, 2009
Trucker is a knockout.
Oct 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.
Oct 19, 2009
You know exactly what is going to happen and you don't really care.
Oct 19, 2009
Most of Trucker comes off like a sincere but totally artificial slice of life.
Oct 16, 2009
There are so many wonderfully unconventional things to like about this tiny independent film, Monaghan's earthy and uncompromising performance chief among them, its depth surprising you at every turn.
Oct 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.
Oct 9, 2009
Monaghan gets how people with honky-tonk souls move in mysterious ways.
Oct 9, 2009
Michelle Monaghan delivers the goods.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 9, 2009
Oct 8, 2009
Even if the film dutifully hits all the old notes, its characters are interesting, its California desert setting is novel, and its cast works hard. And not only is its star trying something new -- she's getting it wonderfully right.
Oct 8, 2009
I concede the story arc is fairly predictable, assuming neither one murders the other. But Mottern and his actors take no hostages.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 7, 2009
As the camera perches high on a hill at dawn, Diane's truck sneaking out of town, you sense the Demme-esque working-class comedy that might have been.
Oct 7, 2009
Thanks to sensitive direction and a natural, exemplary script, both of which by the talented and never syrupy James Mottern, Trucker holds its emotions firmly in check throughout.
Oct 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.
Jun 10, 2008
What's missing from the payload is surprise.