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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's not sharp or ironic, but drab and downbeat. Unfortunately, it's also going to feel utterly familiar to those who've seen their share of independent dramas in the last 15 years. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery. show more

  • 42
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    An only-in-the-movies mother hustles pool to raise the money to abduct the son she's been forbidden to see since her divorce. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    Has a mixture of edginess and melancholy that's beautifully sustained until the climax, when the tang of realism becomes the cudgel of melodrama. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Turn the River can't weather the ante-upping into pathos when Kailey desperately reasserts her privilege of motherhood--but the sense of storytelling intelligence is undeniable. show more

  • 70
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Atmospheric picture positively vibrates with authenticity, and Janssen's intense, febrile performance earned a special jury prize at the Hamptons fest. show more

  • 60
    Carina Chocano Los Angeles Times

    The main problem with Turn the River is that it's a well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Until it transforms into an improbable thriller, Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules. show more

  • 60
    Anthony Lane The New Yorker

    Skip the coda to this movie, with its tiny upswing of hope, and remember the days at the tables, as dim and endless as nights, and the click of the dialogue. show more

  • 67
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Turn the River becomes a standard fatalistic misfits-on-the-run movie with more than its share of improbabilities. It's as if Eigeman didn't realize how good the best parts of his film were, and so went ahead and trashed them. show more

  • July 24, 2008 KwikGSXR
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    This movie is a great sleeper. I don't mean it puts you to sleep either. It just flies under the radar. I really enjoyed this movie, though the end baffled me!

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