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  • Summary: An author of travel books (Hurt) sees his world turned upside down when his son dies, his wife (Turner) leaves him, and he meets an eccentric dog trainer (Davis).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. 100
    Irresistibly funny… Just about the best holiday gift imaginable. [23 Dec 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    The chief delight is Kasdan. “Body Heat” was appropriately slick, but “The Big Chill” and “Silverado” too much so. Tourist is edgier - also the work of a genuine craftsman. Frankly, I didn't think Kasdan had it in him. [23 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
  3. 100
    I've never seen a movie so sad in which there was so much genuine laughter. The Accidental Tourist is one of the best films of the year.
  4. Hurt's character is so inert and unemotional that some spectators may find it difficult to stay interested in him.
  5. The Accidental Tourist often relies on Miss Tyler's methods without tempering them, and gives a tone of crashing obviousness to material that need not have seemed that way. [23 Dec 1988, p.C12]
  6. The message of the film is that life isn't neat and predictable like a well-arranged business trip; yet everything in the picture is so calculated that there's no life to it. [23 Dec 1988, A& L, p.19]
  7. 10
    I found Tourist hell to sit through. [23 Jan 1989]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3