Carried Away
Carried Away (1996)

In this romantically funny and painful drama, a middle-aged, Midwestern schoolteacher with a bum leg finds himself inexorably drawn into an affair with a seductive 17-year-old girl. When a sophisticated girl joins Joseph Svenden's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Tries to incorporate almost film-noir elements into a heartland love story. The blending feels inorganic; and composer Bruce Broughton doesn't help matters by coating every moment with a repetitive, syrupy theme.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Think Dennis Hopper has played too many crazies? Well, you'll wish he'd stuck to blowing up buses after you see him in Carried Away.

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Scott Weinberg

A very dry and formulaic re-telling of a cautionary tale we know all too well by now.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

An earnestly well-meaning film whose adult characters have a refreshingly grown-up perspective on their choices in life.

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James Berardinelli

Carried Away is erotic, but it's also thoughtful and intelligent, and, coupled with Hopper's extraordinary performance, that's reason enough to be carried away by this motion picture.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Carried Away is a brilliant evocation of rural life and repressed lust. One of the ten-best films of 1996.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Everyone in the film -- even the teenager -- is more intelligent and articulate than is usually permitted in American movies, and having gotten themselves into an emotional tangle, they go to work getting themselves out again.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I wasn't carried away with this Lolita like cautionary tale, but I was impressed enough by its intelligent presentation.

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Victoria Alexander

A mature Irving gets naked for her husband.

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