Big Sur

Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 31, 2013
    80
    Filmed without a trace of sentimentality, Big Sur is an achingly sad last hurrah.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Nov 2, 2013
    75
    Big Sur rises and fades, shifts and moves, through movements and melodies, singing a beautifully sad song for an era and a man who lost his way.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 31, 2013
    70
    Although no less fawning and indulgent about its self-centered subject, played by Jean-Marc Barr (who also narrates, run-on style), the muted emptiness of the ill-fated sojourn wills its way toward something like existential meaningfulness.
  4. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    Michael Polish’s Big Sur offers an elegantly muted take on the midlife ennui of Kerouac’s autobiographical 1962 novel.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    Filming a truly immersive and dimensional adaptation of a Kerouac novel remains an ongoing challenge for any filmmaker, but Polish’s film comes closer than most, while adding another layer of complexity to the author’s venerable reputation.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 31, 2013
    63
    A beautiful and sometimes affecting film that (appropriately, some would say) has as much difficulty connecting with the world before it as its protagonist does.

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