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  • Summary: Across the ancient high desert landscape of northern New Mexico, an extraordinary family embarks on a lyrical journey of self-discovery that reveals unexpected moments of grace and the unpredictable but enduring nature of love. In Campbell Scott's Off the Map, the poetry of a time and a place marked by simplicity comes into full bloom. (Manhattan Pictures International) Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Scott has the courage to let the imaginative story unfold at its own leisurely pace, and it's not surprising that the acting is excellent, considering that he's among the very best American screen actors.
  2. One of those sweet, intelligent, nicely made films.
  3. There's a collective scintillation about its rich, distinctive characters, narrative serendipity and ineffable magic.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Campbell Scott's latest foray behind the camera most excels as a subtly observed study of how the dynamics within a close-knit family can shift over time.
  5. 70
    Off The Map feels peculiar and remote, strangled by an air of arty disengagement. The most vivid characters are the earth and the sky, and they both give stellar performances.
  6. Ultimately the film manages a warm, offbeat appeal despite its flaws, and it has real heart.
  7. Its story meanders and doesn't build, and the pace is deadly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. DanB.
    Sep 9, 2005
    Really enjoyed the characters. A lot like Station Agent in that way.
  2. CharlesM.
    Nov 10, 2005
    A little slow paced but a terrific cast and great scenery make this a treat. Joan Allen is as usual, superb as is Valentina de Angelis. Well done.

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