Changing Lanes
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Director Roger Michell follows up the hit romantic comedy Notting Hill (1999) with this thought-provoking thriller. Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson star, respectively, as Gavin Banek and Doyle Gibson, two New York men whose lives become accidentally intertwined in a Good Friday fender bender on the FDR Drive. Late for a crucial appointment, hotshot lawyer Gavin tosses Doyle a blank check and leaves the scene, while Doyle, whose car is inoperable, is late for a court-appointed custody hearing. A recovering alcoholic, Doyle's tardiness doesn't sit well with the judge, who - sick of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Combines a knack for storytelling with a rare instinct for exploring ideas within the framework of a major, star-driven Hollywood movie."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"The two stars? They're exactly right."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"Emotionally violent thriller for mature teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"turns into a much more thought-provoking movie than you might otherwise expect"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Michell is willing to explore a drama that has no heroes, just broken men trying to find some hope in the darkness, some meaning in the madness."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A slickly shot, intelligent thriller, it's buoyed up by an exceptional performance from Jackson, who brings crumpled dignity and pathos to his habitual loser."
‑ , Time Out
"In addition to gluing you to the edge of your seat, Changing Lanes is also a film of freshness, imagination and insight."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
""Changing Lanes" asks how far we'd go not to lose what's ours, but it's a morality play with hope for détente rather than any destructive force. Gavin and Doyle are two severely flawed men whose best intentions are knocked about by their worst impulses."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Themes about corporate ethics, greed, corruption and our vulnerability in the face of determined evil have a Falling Down finality that is weakened by unconvincing character arcs."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"... An extraordinary film with a level of moral complexity and attention to detail that are rare today ..."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"A thrilling ride but also a thoughtful one, it's a movie that does manage to do more good than bad by the end of the day."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The ending is guaranteed to aggravate any self-respecting New York driver."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Evitando o maniqueísmo, o roteiro cria dois personagens complexos e ambíguos ao mesmo tempo que recheia a narrativa com diálogos bem construídos e instigantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"One of the most impressive movies of the year; taut and compelling."
‑ Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
"How often do you go to a Hollywood movie and still find yourself thinking about it on the way to work the next day?"
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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