Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    50
    Writer-director James Mottern has a reasonably good feel for the textures of blue-collar life, but he pounds home the life lessons, underscoring them with poignant country-western songs.
  2. 100
    Trucker sets out on a difficult and tricky path, and doesn't put a foot wrong.
  3. Whenever an actress takes on a gritty working-class role, the audience does a gut check of authenticity. Either the actress gets it, like Melissa Leo did in "Frozen River," or she doesn't, like Michelle Monaghan as the spoilin'-for-a-fight truck-driver heroine of the inert indie dud Trucker
  4. 100
    There are so many wonderfully unconventional things to like about this tiny independent film, Monaghan's earthy and uncompromising performance chief among them, its depth surprising you at every turn.
  5. 75
    Written and directed by James Mottern with more attention to character than to plot, Trucker is a simple, unadorned study of a loner forced by circumstance to embrace the world again -- but only on her terms.
  6. Writer-director James Mottern's drama has a lived-in feel, but is notable mainly for Michelle Monaghan's glam-less turn as Diane.
  7. 50
    Strip away the alt-country soundtrack, though, and you've got a Bette Davis fallen-woman-redeemed picture from 1937.
  8. 58
    Fiercely acted but made with indifferent craft and no palpable feel for its subject matter, Trucker takes you on a ride from intrigue to indifference.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    60
    Although Trucker doesn't have the social import that made "Norma Rae" a hit, it's an affecting, small film that could catch on with sophisticated audiences as well as more down-home types.
  10. Trucker sometimes feels like a performance in search of a movie.
  11. You sense the Demme-esque working-class comedy that might have been.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    Playing a negligent mother isn't usually the way to get ahead in the acting biz, but the elfin Michelle Monaghan must have seen Trucker as her vehicle out of the ingenue parking lot of sidekicks and potential hostages.
  13. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    70
    It's a smooth ride thanks to Monaghan, and an impressive ensemble.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BobW.
    Jan 18, 2010
    9
    Great performances, excellent story.
  2. WinstonL.
    Oct 24, 2009
    10
    Monaghan in on my Oscar-watch.