Critic Consensus: U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.
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Critic Reviews for U-Turn
The best art of any age typically comes from the dysfunctional artist, and U-Turn is just that -- Stone's oddball glimpse into a shadow America that no one wants to believe exists but that undoubtedly does.
As the first Oliver Stone movie to gleefully dispense with sociopolitical significance, U-Turn is an overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown.
The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.
Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.
Audience Reviews for U-Turn
A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you watch till the end just to see if something happens. 2 stars. 8-20-12
Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.
Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is an enjoyable romp for us who prefer more acid and less optimistic stories. Not to mention that compared with what Stone has being doing in the last years, it's gold.
|Blind Man:||A man with no ethics is a free man.|
|Blind Man:||Everything is everything. And everything is nothing, too.|
|Toby N. Tucker:||I don't think you know who I am. The name's Toby N. Tucker. People round here call me TNT. You know why?|
|Bobby Cooper:||Because they're not very imaginative?|
|Toby N. Tucker:||'Cause I'm just like dynamite, boy, and when I go off, somebody gets hurt.|
|Sheriff Potter:||She liked fuckin' her papa.|