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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2009
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway aspires to be serious about its subject. Yet in a curious way this sobriety works against it. Frank and Walt turn into schematically contrasting case studies, and the movie's sympathy for them eventually becomes patronizing.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
June 27, 2007
Randa Haines' sappy, rather dull melodrama about the friendship between two eccentric old men is mostly a showcase for its stars, Robert Duvall and Richard Harris.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
There aren't really any surprises, but it's a delight to see a movie which idles away without anything more pressing on its mind than people.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is essentially about the close observation of behavior. Like some of Hemingway's stories, the real action is all implied. The characters trade small talk, and we sense that larger issues are lurking beneath their cheerfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An endearing buddy movie for the senior crowd.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This movie is so loaded down with calendar-poster sentiments, you may find yourself wanting to wrestle the filmmakers.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Steve Conrad's debut screenplay says little that's new, but the actors make it fresher and more powerful than it has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4