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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. 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 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.
  2. Jeremy
    Sep 29, 2003
    9
    A wonderful film that works on many levels. But none better than the performance of William Hurt, which inexplicibly was snubbed of an Oscar nomination, maybe because AMPAS was too threatened to nominate an actor four years in a row.
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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  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. 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]
  3. 100
    Irresistibly funny… Just about the best holiday gift imaginable. [23 Dec 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]