Bodies, Rest & Motion
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Michael Steinberg, co-director of The Waterdance, made his solo directorial debut with the Gen-X character study Bodies, Rest & Motion. Written by Roger Hedden, based on his own play, the film's title refers to Newton's First Law of Motion, which states essentially that a body at rest or in motion will remain in that state until acted upon by an external force. The film is set in the desert town of Enfield, AZ. Nick (Tim Roth) is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth (Bridget Fonda), will move to Butte, MT, which he's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Uncompelling but moderately engaging."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The other actors share an easy, appealing rapport and a flair for dry understatement, which is the film's prevailing tone."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The strength of it, the subtext of revolving door relationships, would have been better served if allowed to remain more subtle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's overall well-acted but often too stupid to bear."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Not much motion, but plenty of reason to rest"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The film squeaks in its joints whenever it tries too hard to make a 'generational statement,' and may annoy you with its glibness, but it manages to hold one's interest -- surprisingly at times, given the lightweight characters."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In an era when many motion pictures are going for 'big,' it's nice to see well-known actors in a 'small' film like this."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A generally winning romantic comedy possessing an unusual degree of self-importance, Bodies, Rest and Motion works primarily because of its likable cast."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"This movie always reminds me of why I dig Eric Stoltz."
‑ Oz,
"A laid-back look at youthful rootlessness which never really catches fire."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Every generation spends a while in the navel observatory before learning that it's a shallow, lint-clogged pursuit."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The narrative applies Newton's famous law to charcaters that are in rest (more inertsia here), forced to move by an external stimulus. The acting is good, but overall a static, venetless feature."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Forgettable rom-com fodder"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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