Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Take a chance on Gerry. It's only a movie, and you'll get out alive no matter what happens on the screen. You might even find you've had a rare adventure.
  2. Casual moviegoers may enjoy it, too, if they follow a simple rule: Stop looking for the way out and let yourself get lost.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Watching Gus Van Sant's Gerry is the cinematic equivalent of watching paint dry. I mean that as high praise.
  4. 75
    The movie is so gloriously bloody-minded, so perverse in its obstinacy, that it rises to a kind of mad purity. The longer the movie ran, the less I liked it and the more I admired it.
  5. 75
    For those with the patience to latch onto Van Sant's slow, methodical groove. It's worth trying.
  6. Somewhere between profound and ludicrous, kind of like a cross between "Waiting for Godot" and "Dude, Where's My Car?"
  7. Gerry isn't much of anything, and doesn't claim to be. It's a movie stripped of its movieness.
  8. A gorgeously shot endurance test that is impossible to get through on anything less than a full night's sleep and a double shot of espresso.
  9. If it were a landscape painting, Gerry would deserve a place in the National Gallery. But as a movie...deserves its own wing in The Old Curiosity Shop.
  10. 25
    Strands Matt Damon and Casey Affleck (both named Gerry) in a desert with little to say and do except lose themselves in an existential wasteland of doomed beauty.
  11. 25
    The desert is clean in Gerry, but it's also empty.
  12. Gerry is ragingly bad art that contributes to a definition of independent film as something no one would want to sit through.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Long takes do not a masterpiece make, and the suspicion that the whole thing is a lark is only bolstered by Damon and Affleck's inability to contain their giggles.
  14. 40
    For the most part, Gerry is a lot of self-indulgent baloney.
  15. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    89
    Like the man to whom this film is dedicated, Ken Kesey, Gerry just wants to go "further."
  16. The movie is on some level a stunt, but it has the fervent, sun-dazed pull of an authentic experience unfolding in real time, with glints of drama, comedy, and terror mixed into the almost-but-not-quite tedium.
  17. The result is like a "Waiting for Godot" for the video-game generation.
  18. 100
    Conceptually bold and rapturously beautiful Gerry, a minimalist landscape film that's unlike anything on the American independent scene.
  19. About as non-narrative a film as you're likely to see in commercial theaters. This makes it a curiosity and, less charitably, something of a gimmick, but mostly it makes it a challenge.
  20. With all its quirks, Gerry seeps into your pores like the wind-whipped sand that stings the faces of these disoriented hikers.
  21. There's elegance and grace here, fostering an opportunity to reflect upon why men get so dutiful about being down. It's worth the hike.
  22. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    In some strange way, I admire the enterprise. Like his Gerrys, Van Sant doesn't seem to know where he's going to wind up when he embarks on these journeys. The ether that seeps into his head might be the price we have to pay for his keeping his mind so open.
  23. It's certainly a provocation, with a few funny moments, and for my money it's less phony and offensive than "Finding Forrester."
  24. A wee Boy Scout would have done far better in the wilds. It’s tough to think "Waiting for Godot" when what you’re watching is closer to "Dumb & Dumber."
  25. 50
    Van Sant ultimately reveals so little about this odd couple that we frankly don't give a damn what happens to them. Nor, apparently, does he.
  26. 40
    Gerry moves slowly and deliberately, like a torture technique, leaving us feeling as dry and dusty and lost as its two characters.
  27. 40
    Exercise in existential tedium that it is, Gerry isn't without devotees.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Defiantly uncommunicative picture.
  29. In the end, Gerry is beyond the simple question of pleasure. Seeing it may be no fun at all, but then discomfort is part of the price one pays in learning.
  30. Gerry is all manner without any trace of depth.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    4
    Uninteresting and not engaging. I usually don't have a problem with films that are "slow" but this film isn't slow in the way that it takes a while to get into it's "slow" in the way that it's boring and you never get into it. It's not all around terrible it's just not very good. Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2012
    1
    I gave it 1 point because it did one thing well; it made me feel exactly what the characters were feeling. Unfortunately, what the characters felt was lost, desperate and at some points in intense pain.
    It doesn't have any metaphors or philosophies to analyse because it has fewer words in the script than most films have on the back of the DVD box.
    If you like long, silent, beautiful views of desert scenery feel free to try this, as it's all you'll get. Though you could always just go on the Internet, search for a photograph of a desert and stare at that for 2 hours for much the same effect.
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  3. Aug 26, 2010
    7
    Gus Van Sant's minimalist, non-narrative "Gerry" is a film that needs no narrative direction - it's a movie about being lost, and as a viewer you have the choice to become lost with it (watching it in isolation might help). However, if you find you cannot do that, it becomes little more than an endurance test - one that you are likely to lose. Full Review »