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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Pretentious drama. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    T Bone Burnett's soundtrack has the appropriate twang to give Wenders' Hopperesque tableaux a nice, filmic poetry. But as arresting as the images are, Shepard's clunky, soap-opera banter brings most everything, and everyone, crashing down to earth. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In what is more a cry of regret than a coherent story, Shepard's character mopes his way through meetings with an old girlfriend (Jessica Lange) and the grown children he sired, the only apparent lesson being that bad behavior has a way of circling back on you. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Don't Come Knocking expresses itself with deadpan humor, striking imagery, Western iconography and outbursts of strong emotions. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Beautifully shot in rich colors by Franz Lustig, it's possibly Wenders' most accessible film to date, and among his most emotionally satisfying. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There are scenes that don't even pretend to work. And others that have a sweetness and visual beauty that stops time and simply invites you to share. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The finest scene in Don't Come Knocking is its quietest...The movie could have used a lot more of it. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    After a funny, highly promising start, Don't Come Knocking starts to fall apart, displaying all of Wenders' weaknesses, too. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Only Lange is a powerful enough presence to raise a flicker of realistic emotion from this kind of stuff. show more

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