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Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Oct 28, 2013
    38
    The viewer is informed of a world of chaos, obsession, and irresolution, but has no cinematic means of accessing or understanding it.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 31, 2013
    30
    Despite the parade of pretty images and lovely scenery, Big Sur stubbornly fails to cohere into a real movie; instead, it feels like an illustrated novel full of words, ideas, and images, but devoid of structure or characterization.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 29, 2013
    25
    The film has a restless, nomadic quality similar to Kerouac’s lifestyle, but there’s no there there.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 29, 2013
    20
    Edited to ribbons so that every peripheral player — Kate Bosworth, Radha Mitchell, Josh Lucas, Henry Thomas — is even more one-dimensional than Kerouac himself, it’s a work that accurately expresses the awfulness of narcissistic self-destruction, and nothing else.

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