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Overall Rating

Worth A Look: 22.37%
Average: 17.11%
Pretty Bad: 23.68%
Total Crap: 10.53%

5 reviews, 46 user ratings

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by Ryan Arthur

"Calm down, Oliver."
3 stars

Jennifer Lopez. Woohoo.

This movie plays like a student film gone horribly amok.

Whereas Natural Born Killers was just short of a violent psychadelic joyride, U-Turn is merely a ride. Oliver Stone goes from color to black and white. He goes from 35mm to 16mm to Super 8. He goes from a normal (or what passes for normal) shot to a scene that appears to be framed in some sort of weird "walleye vision." NBK showed the craziness of death and of media frenzy, and the frantic camerawork there enhanced a thin story about violence and the media. U-Turn has the same sort of visual style, but it falls short here, and an already shaky plot suffers.

What saves this movie, what makes it an interesting - if nothing else - 2+ hour sit, are the characters. Forget the story: it's a rip off of John Dahl's superior Red Rock West. But this movie has quite a cast who make it worthwhile: Billy Bob Thornton, Sean Penn, Powers Boothe, Nick Nolte. And Jennifer Loez. Rowr.

But Clare Danes and Jouaqin Phoenix steal what movie there is as a pair of young redneck lovers. Danes is a hoot.

Clare: I just looooove Patsy Cline. I wonder why she don't put out no more records?

Sean: That's probably 'cause she's dead.

Clare: Oh my. Well, that's sad. Don't you think that's sad?

Sean: Yeah, well, I've had time to get over it.

U-Turn is a frantic, violent movie. If not for the cast, it'd be unwatchable.

An interesting little diversion.

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originally posted: 08/25/98 01:51:47
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User Comments

9/16/17 morris campbell weird & boring 1 stars
4/07/13 Monday Morning Offbeat, weird, campy and very entertaining 4 stars
12/05/07 dingo Watchable 4 stars
11/11/07 reddye5 For some reason I liked this one. Penn is great, but style outweighs the story too often 3 stars
2/13/07 ES Not just boring, ugly boring 1 stars
6/27/06 Criddic2 Despite the cast, a waste of film; It is pointless, uninspired; Disappointing! 1 stars
9/23/05 Indrid Cold An all-American near-classic. The plot is just too scattered though. 4 stars
6/21/05 Tom quibell it's weird that's what I like about it 5 stars
12/04/04 Steven Loori Ham-faced/fisted/acted. End-to-end rehash. Awful set/sound design. Canned dog barks!?! 1 stars
11/12/04 jellica it was a good movie goood acting 5 stars
9/08/04 Douglas Reese I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! Very well made. Deserved Best Picture Oscar nominee nod. 5 stars
6/06/04 John tries to make obvious moral points but has no story or charachters you care for 1 stars
12/13/03 Agent Sands I agree whole-heartedly with Ryan A, but I was a bit more entertained. 4 stars
9/15/03 Donna Gelpigi A nightmarish thriller that even Jennifer Lopez can't spoil! 5 stars
9/06/03 john awesome, fun 5 stars
7/28/03 francis Bizarrely interesting, but can we really care about what happens to these wackos. 3 stars
5/07/03 Geirn YEAHH awesome 5 stars
4/23/03 Bill go see freeway instead. 1 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Scattershot plot points fire away at the helpless cast. 2 stars
1/27/03 R.W. Welch Sets up well enough but eventually becomes almost ludicrous. 2 stars
11/09/02 Steve Twisty and funny. Lopez and Phoenix are especially good. 4 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Stone proves he doesn't have to rewrite history to make a stupid movie 1 stars
7/12/02 KMG Ho-pez before she got ghetto 3 stars
8/10/01 E-Funk Interesting little 'wrong place at the wrong time' story. Lopez looks delicious. 4 stars
8/04/01 eminem 5 stars
6/22/01 Reini Urban best camera and technic this year, plot almost blood simple. much better than out of sight. 4 stars
3/19/01 Shawn I really dug this film! Sex, violence, drama, comedy, suspense, it has it all! 5 stars
2/17/01 Jake Good plot and music, way too long. Red Rock West had same plot and was way better! 3 stars
9/21/00 Mike Great cast but the plot gets pretty lame. WAY too long, Mr Stone(d)! 2 stars
8/13/00 Cidec Stark fucking awesome 5 stars
1/07/00 PervertedPixie A mix of "Romeo is bleeding", "Pulp Fiction" and "Gilbert Grape". Great stuff! 5 stars
9/21/99 Tina Liked it- nice twists- everybody dies! 4 stars
6/14/99 Dylan Oliver Stone is a fucking genius and this film rocks. thats it. 5 stars
5/27/99 GothamDK Stone trying to pull a Lynch. Jennifer Lopez is the only highlight of this lost film. 2 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Why more people don't like this movie I don't know, but I do know I like cake. 5 stars
3/17/99 The Dude Fucking funny ending I loved this fucking movie 5 stars
1/23/99 Arthur fuck this shit 2 stars
12/05/98 tj usually i hate oliver stone...but this is an amazing movie...and jenn. lopez looks so good 5 stars
11/25/98 Fred Nick, think back to Cannery Row, and kick your own ass. I want Jenny. 3 stars
10/13/98 Johny No NBK or JFK, but very watchable 4 stars
9/22/98 Pat_Sicox Crack Film 3 stars
9/07/98 Damien Highly underrated, I thought it was cool and disturbing 4 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee This one lost me way early. Claire Danes rocks, but otherwise... 1 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Jen Lopez = sex --- Nick Nolte = lame. 3 stars
8/23/98 Superfly Great, if you like dark comedies. 4 stars
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