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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
    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: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. lucys.
    Oct 29, 2005
    This film requires several viewings. Appreciation for William Hurt's abilities may be difficult to endure if one is in a similar state of mind. The possibilities of life returning after a devistating experience of the death of a child, particularly to a person who was guarded against life previously to the child's death, demonstrates transformation at its most wonderful state. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2014
    The Accidental Tourist is a whirlwind of emotions--sadness and laughter throughout. The film is worth seeing for the performances of Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis alone. Expand
  3. MikeG.
    Dec 7, 2005
    I'm with Pauline Kael on this one. This movie dragged and dragged and dragged, except when Geena Davis showed up every few minutes to annoy the audience - her performance was someone rubbing her hand over a balloon. I just couldn't believe how long this movie seemed to be and how relieved I was when it was finally over. Expand

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