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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  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: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 30, 2013
    50
    Nobody’s given the opportunity to do much more than brood prettily and occasionally shout carpe diembromides into the pounding surf.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 1, 2013
    40
    But with Kerouac declaring that “the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind,” we’re still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Oct 29, 2013
    40
    Not exactly a hagiography, Polish's film isn't a tragedy, either -- it's just an uneventful afternoon spent with a dozing rummy.
  7. 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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