Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Apr 15, 2013
    91
    A wonderfully eccentric examination of unlikely friendships that illuminates the absurd and lovely corners of life, Prince Avalanche is a deeply enjoyable, wondrous delight.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 6, 2013
    90
    Prince Avalanche reconciles Green's twin modes into a whole no other director could have, deeply felt and light as laughter.
  3. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Aug 14, 2013
    89
    The film entertains, puzzles, and strays outside the lines.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 15, 2013
    88
    Here's a funny, poignant oddball of a movie, existing on a galaxy far, far away from the likes of "Pacific Rim" or "World War Z" or anything whose computer-generated actions speak louder than words.
  5. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Aug 9, 2013
    85
    Prince Avalanche speaks insightfully to the joys and costs of being alone, and of the risk that comes with letting another person in. Bittersweet and deeply felt, it also shows with confidence the estimable and still surprising talents of its cast and director.
  6. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 7, 2013
    83
    By going back to nature — and to his indie roots — the director of "George Washington" has reconnected with his poetic side. The Malick comparisons seem appropriate again.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Oct 21, 2013
    80
    Green fashions a slow-burn charmer that’s a million miles from Pineapple Express in tone, pace and content. But just like that film, the odd couple interplay is beautifully judged.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 15, 2013
    80
    With gorgeously crisp photography and pitch-perfect performances from the two leads, this is one of the most intriguing and thoughtful American films of the year.
  9. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Oct 14, 2013
    80
    Gordon Green follows up a pair of execrable comedies with a wise and witty slow-motion road trip that catches the sun.
  10. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 12, 2013
    80
    The movie barely seems to hold together. Could it even be called a movie? And yet, it's captivating — a bit like Gus Van Sant's "Gerry," but not as conceptually hidebound.
  11. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    Mr. Green is too fond of these guys, and too respectful of the little bit of freedom they possess, to ensnare them in the machinery of a plot.
  12. 80
    While the core elements of this reluctant buddy movie could almost constitute a pared-down theater piece, the film breathes with real cinematic expansiveness. Green’s poetic observation skills are the key to that seeming contradiction.
  13. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    A charming oddity starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, often feels like an al fresco stage play. It’s an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.
  14. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    Prince Avalance is frequently funny in a subdued sort of way, but it’s primarily contemplative and eventually intimate.
  15. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    It’s a surprisingly humorous and humane film — a lyrical little oddity that stands as a welcome return to form.
  16. 75
    It’s a “Waiting for Godot” set in the solitary work and lives of two highway line-painters.
  17. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    The opposing genre extremes never entirely come together.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    The psychological path of these characters is finely marked with signposts, but as Prince Avalanche reaches its destination, you almost wish it would have gotten a little more lost in the woods.
  19. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 8, 2013
    70
    As intriguing as Prince Avalanche can be in its contemplations, and as glad as I am to see Green cozying up to his more elemental and esoteric side, the film ultimately plays like an unfinished thought. It's a good thought, mind you, but like the road, it seems to go nowhere.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 8, 2013
    70
    The irony of Prince Avalanche is that its most conventional elements, the ones that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood buddy comedy, are by far its most satisfying. It’s only when Green reaches for the old poetry that the film seems excessively precious and out of balance.
  21. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 15, 2013
    70
    An unconventional, ultimately rather sweet buddy pic that’s an audiovisual treat.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 15, 2013
    63
    Cue the folky music and the two eccentric locals who are the only other characters, and Prince Avalanche is a molehill that dreams it’s a mountain when it’s really, really stoned.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 9, 2013
    63
    An uneasy mix of Richard Linklater and Abbott and Costello, Prince Avalanche is an oddment, but one that brings some small, peculiar pleasures.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 8, 2013
    63
    This sweetly eccentric and low-key buddy picture/bromance bears little resemblance to more well-known examples of the genre, such as "Lethal Weapon" or "Pineapple Express."
  25. Reviewed by: Matthew Kassel
    Aug 6, 2013
    63
    Mr. Green has managed to turn a story about two road workers doing roadwork into something compelling. Sometimes that is a credit to his quirky script, but mostly it happens when he lets the dramatic scenery speak for itself.
  26. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    As far as missteps go, Prince Avalanche is at least an interesting one, which is better than Green has done in awhile.
  27. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 6, 2013
    60
    Prince Avalanche — Green has admitted that the unrelated title came to him in a dream — evaporates after a while, although it’s never less than quizzical and charming.
  28. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Apr 15, 2013
    60
    Prince Avalanche occupies a strange space between [Green's] broadly comedic fare and devoutly character-driven dramas, and while we’re happy to see him closer to the latter mode once more, let’s hope that he’ll be back in a bigger way the next time out.
  29. Reviewed by: Sebastian Doggart
    Apr 15, 2013
    40
    The best reason to see this misconceived film is its location.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Jan 15, 2014
    5
    Prince Avalanche, despite looking beautiful, has a very empty, cliched plot. The performances are stellar but in the end it doesn't matter. The film feels already overlong even with a very short run time and it feels half-finished. Full Review »
  2. Jan 14, 2014
    7
    There's not much to this movie, no thick plot, not too many people, not a lot of suspense or mystery or Academy Award winning actors, and yet it will always remain in your head once you've watched it.

    Rudd and Hirsch share a unique camaraderie as road workers working in the beautiful Texan woods that set the perfect melancholic backdrop. This movie shows that you don't need a lot to make a charming film. You'll enjoy it if you have a heart.
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  3. Nov 26, 2013
    2
    This is 90 minutes of movie with 20 minutes of story. The rest is just a National Geographic film set to some pleasant music. It has a couple nice moments, but would have been much better as a short. Full Review »