User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
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  1. AnnaB.
    Jun 14, 2007
    2
    Incomprehensible and not well put together.
  2. FrankL.
    Apr 8, 2008
    9
    Really interesting and dense take on a sort of New England Western genre. Kristofferson's really good as this sort of force of nature, torpedoes-be-damned whiskey smuggler, and the supporting cast is all strong as well. Some parts seem to come out of nowhere, but overall a very successful film.
  3. JonS.
    May 2, 2007
    9
    Fantastic cast. Kristofferson nails the character's gritty and increasingly misguided optimism. The kid is solid, and the supporting cast is excellent across the board. I can see how some people might get confused by the magical realist elements, but for audience members who are willing to accept those as part of the whole, it's a rewarding experience.
  4. DylanS.
    May 15, 2007
    0
    Saw it at a film fest where I go to school, horribly shot, horribly acted and written even worse. Avoid at all cost, may be the worst piece of trash I've ever seen. The book may be all well and good, but this was not.
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. The movie looks like far more than a million dollars and it offers the kind of smart, picaresque good time you get from books like "The Reivers" and "Huckleberry Finn" and movies like "Bronco Billy" and "Bonnie and Clyde."
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    A frequently mesmerizing if exceedingly strange coming-of-age odyssey.
  3. Jay Craven's stilted adaptation of a novel by Howard Frank Mosher lacks the urgency, the poetry, or the feeling for period that might have brought the material to life, while the cast seems to be largely squandered.