Carried Away
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A late middle-aged, midwestern school teacher with a bum leg finds himself inexorably drawn into an affair with a seductive 17-year-old girl in this simultaneously romantically funny and painful drama. The story is taken from a novel by Jim Harrison and features Dennis Hopper in a more subdued role, showing once again that he is indeed a versatile actor. The tale is set in the 1970s. When not teaching, Joseph Svenden tends to his family farm, takes care of his terminally ill mother, and pays court to his fiancee of six-years Rosalie, the war widow of Svenden's best friend. Though she would… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, 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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A very dry and formulaic re-telling of a cautionary tale we know all too well by now."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A chilling, Lolita-like drama that's elevated by a terrific performance by Hopper."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Ususual drama about personal transformation starring Dennis Hopper."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An earnestly well-meaning film whose adult characters have a refreshingly grown-up perspective on their choices in life."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Carried Away is a brilliant evocation of rural life and repressed lust. One of the ten-best films of 1996."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Director Barreto has a fine eye for composition and a knowing heart for human emotion, keeping things simple and sparse."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"This is an unusually sensual and nonpuritanical American movie perhaps because it was made by a Brazilian director."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I wasn't carried away with this Lolita like cautionary tale, but I was impressed enough by its intelligent presentation."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A mature Irving gets naked for her husband."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"The performances are captivating, so much so that the film's sometimes slow pace is never a real problem."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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