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  • Summary: In 2009, when Los Angeles' last city park is closed to the public, a dispossessed man -- and the duck who follows him as a mother -- quest west, on foot, in search of water and meaning, in the desert that is L.A. (Right Brained Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Rory L. Aronsky
    80
    The most touching moments come from Amy Hill as Linh, who runs a nail salon located next to a strip of long-forgotten Hollywood Walk of Fame stars.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    A small, affecting road movie peopled with sharp vignettes.
  3. The thin, whimsical story is really better suited to a short film, but Hall deserves a lot of credit for carrying off such unusual material.
  4. 50
    Writer-director Nic Bettauer hits upon some important themes, including homelessness, environmentalism and the plight of the elderly, but not enough care has gone into developing the subsidiary characters who merely come across as types.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    50
    Writer-director Nic Bettauer can't decide whether to play Duck for tears or laughs.
  6. 50
    Bettauer means for Arthur and Joe's adventures to be a fable about empathy and hope, but her tone shifts awkwardly between silly and ponderous.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    30
    The quirky characters they meet aren't quirky enough, and the political points Ms. Bettauer sprinkles into her script thud awkwardly.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5

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