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  • Summary: A poker-playing pool hustler takes her last shot at redemption by trying to score enough money to run away with the son she was forced to abandon at birth. [Screen Media Films]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Has a mixture of edginess and melancholy that's beautifully sustained until the climax, when the tang of realism becomes the cudgel of melodrama.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    70
    Turn the River can't weather the ante-upping into pathos when Kailey desperately reasserts her privilege of motherhood--but the sense of storytelling intelligence is undeniable.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Atmospheric picture positively vibrates with authenticity, and Janssen's intense, febrile performance earned a special jury prize at the Hamptons fest.
  4. The main problem with Turn the River is that it's a well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose.
  5. Until it transforms into an improbable thriller, Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules.
  6. An only-in-the-movies mother hustles pool to raise the money to abduct the son she's been forbidden to see since her divorce.
  7. 38
    Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JayH.
    Jul 17, 2008
    6
    Slowly paced but it works for most of this movie. Very well acted by the entire cast, the story is well written and the direction by Chris Slowly paced but it works for most of this movie. Very well acted by the entire cast, the story is well written and the direction by Chris Eigeman is very careful and thoughtful. Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2013
    3
    Turn The River is a stupid story, that is poorly directed, and just plain boring. Kailey is a professional gambler who not only lost custodyTurn The River is a stupid story, that is poorly directed, and just plain boring. Kailey is a professional gambler who not only lost custody of her son when she got divorced, but also lost the right to even see him. She is convinced that he ex-husband is abusing her twelve year old son, the way he abused her, and she's determined to do the only thing she can about. Kailey goes on a quest to win as much money as she can, so she can get her son and take him away to a better place. First of all, we have no idea why Kailey can't see her son and we so no evidence of abuse by her ex-husband. Gambling, also infers random games of chance, but not with Kailey, honestly it's just ridiculous. The film stars X-men beauty Famke Janssen, who is quite good looking, but unfortunately very dry as an actress. Her son, Law Orders Jamyie Dornan, is a bit more entertaining, but the role is so badly written, that no one could have made it work. A lot of things are alleged and assumed in this movie, but we aren't shown any of it. It's impossible to separate fact from bull in this incredibly slow dud of a movie. The script is terrible, the acting is bland, and the direction is sloppy. If you suffer from chronic insomnia, try watching this! Expand

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