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World Traveler Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 20, 2003
The story ... is moldy and obvious.
July 10, 2002
With no real redemption at the end of the road, it is nothing more than a beautiful, empty journey.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2002
Were it not for a sentimental resolution that explains way more about Cal than does the movie or the character any good, Freundlich's World Traveler might have been one of the more daring and surprising American movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2002
This episodic, quietly affecting movie is both gritty and poetic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2002
Well-made, well-acted but ultimately enervating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2002
Anemic, pretentious.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 10, 2002
Yes, I suppose it's lovely that Cal works out his issues with his dad and comes to terms with his picture-perfect life -- but World Traveler gave me no reason to care, so I didn't.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 10, 2002
World Traveler, written and directed by Bart Freundlich, isn't going to be Crudup's breakthrough hit. But it does have a wonderful, fascinating performance by him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2002
A lot of good performances but no story.
April 26, 2002
A dreary movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 26, 2002
The theme is familiar and, at bottom, sophomorically self-conscious. Yet finally, World Traveler takes something like a hold on you because it extends the Crudup character's experience not only across generations but also across the genders.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
One senses in World Traveler and in his earlier film that Freundlich bears a grievous but obscure complaint against fathers, and circles it obsessively, without making contact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
Crudup's screen presence is the one thing that holds interest in the midst of a mushy, existential exploration of why men leave their families.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2002
I was more personally affected by World Traveler than by any other film I have seen in recent months.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2002
A vignette enlarged to panoramic scale.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2002
A meandering road movie that keeps getting stalled in gutters of self-importance.
April 23, 2002
It believes it's revealing some great human truths, when, in reality, it's churning ground that has long passed the point of being fertile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 19, 2002
Tedious tale of middle-aged angst.
April 19, 2002
The setup feels a little been-there-done- that, but the writing is often piercing and there are unsparing characterizations by Julianne Moore and James LeGros.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 19, 2002
Crudup is the best navigator a road movie like World Traveler can have, but even he can't single-handedly transport these goods from nowhere to somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 19, 2002
Best enjoyed as a minor work with some major pluses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 19, 2002
It's clotted with heavy-handed symbolism, dime-store psychology and endless scenic shots that make 105 minutes seem twice as long.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 18, 2002
The most remarkable (and frustrating) thing about World Traveler, which opens today in Manhattan, is that its protagonist, after being an object of intense scrutiny for 104 minutes, remains a complete blank.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2002
For demanding tastes, it's a profound, honest, superbly made, emotionally gripping, moment-by-moment road movie about a man trapped in a midlife crisis that is something of a revelation.
April 16, 2002
Freundlich's made [Crudup] a suburban architect, and a cipher.