Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 7, 2012
    50
    Proves to be unsatisfactory because it establishes a well-defined group of characters and shows them disrupted by the careless behavior of a tiresome young woman and two adults who allow themselves to be motivated in one way or another by her infectious libido.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 18, 2012
    70
    It would be tempting to dismiss Nobody Walks as a trivial erotic divertissement, even more so because it doesn't apply the kind of symbolic gloss found in a '60s film of serial seduction, like Pasolini's "Teorema." Banal as its situation may be, it picks at every scab you may have left over from wounds suffered during the mating games of your youth.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    Sensitively written, nicely shot, expertly acted, and intelligently ambiguous, Nobody Walks still manages to send you out with a shrug.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 17, 2012
    58
    Russo-Young studies the strange species of affluent Angelenus erectus under a microscope that distorts every character into unbelievability.
  5. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    A good-looking but anecdotally slight dramedy about life and lifestyles in Los Angeles's hip Silver Lake district.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 19, 2012
    25
    None of Dunham's humor comes across, except when someone says, "And when you speak, your words are snakes I swat at with swords," which is hilarious, but not intentionally.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 18, 2012
    40
    It's a naive example of the transformative powers of a 23-year-old let loose amongst the dullards. Whoa.
  8. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 17, 2012
    58
    Nobody Walks is Mumblecore 2.0: The budget is bigger, the cast is littered with recognizable faces from popular television programs, and the production values are more impressive, but the fixation with the low-key, artsy angst of rudderless twenty- and thirtysomethings remains constant.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 18, 2012
    60
    The acting ensemble is crucial. Everyone's really fine.
  10. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 18, 2012
    70
    If you allow yourself to drift with it, rather than get frustrated by all the non sequiturs, Nobody Walks becomes a more enjoyable film.
  11. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 16, 2012
    25
    The actors are all completely wasted in this dumb travesty of fumbling, unfocused, oversexed numbskulls who work in the movie business. Everyone connected with Nobody Walks should have done just that-early and quickly.
  12. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 27, 2012
    50
    Don't fault Thirlby, who does as much as she can with the material. Krasinski is pretty good, and DeWitt and Ennenga are outstanding. The direction is decent, and the film is handsome. But it's finally frustrating, enigmatic in a way that suggests emptiness more than mystery.
  13. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Oct 18, 2012
    75
    A film in which everyone is lusting after the wrong person, and consummating those desires tends to lead to awkward - but not funny, unlike Dunham's usual projects - disasters of various scales.
  14. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 15, 2012
    50
    The whole thing comes out feeling kind of featureless, beaten flat by its own sense of fairness.
  15. Reviewed by: Cory Everett
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    Full of humor and humanity, Nobody Walks is an emotionally complex, acutely observed and sensual film.
  16. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Oct 17, 2012
    50
    Ultimately, the director and her cinematographer, Christopher Blauvelt (Meek's Cutoff), prove to be more interested in capturing the perfection of L.A.'s perpetual sunshine and the ways in which the people beneath it seem subtly oppressed, as if the light is expecting more of them than they can possibly deliver.
  17. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    Oct 16, 2012
    40
    For a film about sexual conquest, Nobody Walks is a frustratingly flaccid affair.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 29, 2012
    70
    Reminiscent of 2010 Sundance breakout "The Kids Are All Right," Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks captures the fallout of an open-minded Los Angeles family shaken up by the arrival of a sexy outsider, only this time, it's the outsider whose perspective takes precedence.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    4
    A dramatically unengaging mainstream blend of mumblecore ideas, 'Nobody Walks' features some top-notch performances from the all around cast, but fails to utilize them to fullest effect and the film winds up being rather boring, even within its running time of 82-minutes. The recurring air of sensuality is potent enough, but the entanglements that the characters get into are delivered without any real consequences for their actions. These are flat and lifeless characters that feel constructed on cliches from other, better indie character studies (I liked how one critic compared it to Lisa Cholodenko's 'The Kids Are All Right') and their troubles feel less intimate and affecting than they think they are. The cast is appealing and the look is very polished for an indie of this nature, but 'Nobody Walks' is inert at creating any genuine dramatic pull. It's strange that the script, penned by the up-and-coming Lena Dunham, has led to such mediocre results, though it's hard to pinpoint a direct source of blame. Full Review »