Big Sur
Big Sur (2013)

An adaptation of American literary icon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, BIG SUR focuses on a moment in Kerouac's life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling to battle inner demons, he seeks… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

There's a strange heft to its hollowness.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

With Kerouac declaring that "the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind," we're still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a kind of tone poem, drenching the senses in beautifully sad imagery, as Kerouac's poetry and prose sound over images of the sparkling Pacific.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Nobody's given the opportunity to do much more than brood prettily and occasionally shout carpe diembromides into the pounding surf.

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Brent Simon

Clearly edited to evoke a feeling of slipstream, stream-of-consciousness connection, but little more than a rolling delivery service of smugness, self-destruction, hedonism and pretentiousness.

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John DeFore
Washington Post

Sometimes feels like a beautiful illustration, rather than an adaptation, of Kerouac's prose.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Don't worry if you don't connect. There's nothing to connect to. The characters are never developed, and nothing ever happens.

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

Big Sur rises and fades, shifts and moves, through movements and melodies, singing a beautifully sad song for an era and a man who lost his way.

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