The Accidental Tourist

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    100
    Irresistibly funny… Just about the best holiday gift imaginable. [23 Dec 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
  3. USA Today
    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]
  4. 80
    Slow, sonorous and largely satisfying.
  5. Hurt's performance is remarkably assured, and Davis beautifully captures her character's insouciance. Less than perfect is Turner, whose capable performance presents a figure somewhat hollow at the center.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    The film's frequent longeurs, compulsive over-explicitness and unshakably morose hero seem like so many insistently ''literary'' qualities, ostentatiously laid over a cute, cartoonish vision that suggests not so much Anne Tyler as the affectionate quirkiness of ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show.'' [6 Jan 1989, Friday, p.A]
  7. Hurt's character is so inert and unemotional that some spectators may find it difficult to stay interested in him.
  8. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    40
    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]
  9. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    38
    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]
  10. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    In the end, everything about this glum and self-important adaptation of Anne Tyler's upper-cute novel is dim. [26 Dec 1988, p.83]
  11. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    25
    It's a ho-hum-er, almost a complete bummer. [6 Jan 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  12. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    10
    I found Tourist hell to sit through. [23 Jan 1989]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 1, 2014
    6
    The Accidental Tourist is a whirlwind of emotions--sadness and laughter throughout. The film is worth seeing for the performances of KathleenThe 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. Full Review »
  2. MikeG.
    Dec 7, 2005
    2
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. lucys.
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    This film requires several viewings. Appreciation for William Hurt's abilities may be difficult to endure if one is in a similar state 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. Full Review »