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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
  1. ThomasC.
    May 18, 2007
    10
    This movie was incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking. It has stuck with me and made me think about not only my life, but also the state This movie was incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking. It has stuck with me and made me think about not only my life, but also the state of our country, and the fact that we have become so thoughtless and defeated as Americans. When did we stop being compassionate? Philip Baker Hall knows all. See this movie! Expand
  2. HugoC.
    May 12, 2007
    9
    A poignant film about a man and his duck, Joe! The political aspect of the film is much more palpable than Happy Feet... A good film with a A poignant film about a man and his duck, Joe! The political aspect of the film is much more palpable than Happy Feet... A good film with a great message worth watching. Expand
  3. JayH
    May 26, 2009
    6
    I loved the simplicity and pacing of the film. Well acted, sensitively directed and pleasant cinematography. It can be a bit slow moving, but I loved the simplicity and pacing of the film. Well acted, sensitively directed and pleasant cinematography. It can be a bit slow moving, but overall it works. Expand
  4. JimG.
    Aug 30, 2007
    3
    Very disappointing, amateurish uneven hodgepodge. I have great regard for Philip Baker Hall but can't think of how he got sucked into Very disappointing, amateurish uneven hodgepodge. I have great regard for Philip Baker Hall but can't think of how he got sucked into this one. Seems like there was no one who spoke up and tried to edit the screenplay or provide some governing theme. Lots of bad acting, too. Yikes. Expand
  5. JackC
    Jun 13, 2009
    2
    A horribly-paced mess that takes itself way too seriously and favors cartoonish pathos over realistic emotion. The film never succeeded in A horribly-paced mess that takes itself way too seriously and favors cartoonish pathos over realistic emotion. The film never succeeded in making me sympathize with its protagonist due to the sheer heavy-handedness of the tragedies continually piled onto him, and every character he met (though some were well-acted) fell into one of three groups of cardboard cutouts. There were the kind, understanding people, the complete monsters, and the people who were in desperate need of Arthur's homespun cliche wisdom. I might appreciate the message of this film more if it hadn't completely driven me away with its shoddy construction. Expand

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