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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 aAcross 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. 88
    Off the Map is visually beautiful as a portrait of lives in the middle of emptiness, but it's not about the New Mexico scenery. It's about feelings that shift among people who are good enough, curious enough or just maybe tired enough to let that happen.
  3. The movie's sense of place is hypnotic, but there's more to it than gorgeous images -- Campbell Scott's astute direction; Joan Allen's beautifully laconic performance; a sense of lively, if occasionally pretentious, inquiry into the wellsprings of art.
  4. With a director, screenwriter and star who have deep roots in the theater, Off the Map is more than anything an actor's film.
  5. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    70
    Any minor flaws Off the Map has are easily forgiven by great acting and beautifully shot landscapes. Campbell Scott does a great job of adapting a stage play (by screenwriter Joan Ackerman) to film as well.
  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
    9
    Really enjoyed the characters. A lot like Station Agent in that way.
  2. CharlesM.
    Nov 10, 2005
    9
    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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