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Director Wim Wenders and writer Sam Shepard, who collaborated on the award-winning film Paris, Texas, once again join forces for this dark drama of a man trying to turn over a new leaf late in life. Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) is a veteran actor who has been a popular Western star since the mid-'70s. Spence's onscreen image as a strong, principled lawman is a severe contrast to his life off the set, which has been dominated by drinking, drugs, and promiscuous womanizing. However, Spence has begun to find his hedonistic life a shallow existence, and one day, in the midst of filming his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the time we get to the point where the camera is endlessly circling Shepard sitting on a sofa in the middle of the street, it feels as if he and his director were making things up as they went along."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Spence has much in common with Shepard and Wenders. They seem equally bewildered about what to do, other than spending nearly two hours demonstrating that Spence is a self-pitying fool."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The bitterness of the playwright's vision is expanded by the director's fascinated fondness for American culture"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"... is so meandering it can make a sober viewer into a drunk."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The story is as meandering as it is self-indulgent."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Suffers badly from an emotional aimlessness."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Apart from an extraordinary scene of attempted reconciliation between Shepard and Lange "Don't Come Knocking" is an inflated drama that lies stagnate on the screen."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"[It has] a terrific sense of place, something missing from much contemporary US cinema."
‑ Richard Falcon, Sight and Sound
"The widescreen visual poetry of "Don't Come Knocking" seems less like inspiration and more like overcompensation."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The charm here is in watching Shepard and Lange, and Shepard and Saint play off one another, and the leisurely pace of the 'discoveries' that aren't really secrets in the first place."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Don't Come Knocking isn't noticeably relevant or insightful, even if you're able to suspend disbelief long enough to buy the idea of a western movie star in the 21st Century."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"hardly Wenders' most adventurous feature, although perhaps his bravest, dramatising not only the director's undoubted influence on the last 20 years of indie cinema, but also his increasing redundancy within it."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Wim Wenders y Sam Shepard (Paris, Texas) recuperan (en excelente fotografía y mejor música) una iconografía norteamericana al servicio de una historia sobre el desarraigo y la necesidad de recuperar vínculos largamente perdidos."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The story, jointly cooked up, is reasonable, if not their best, but Shepard's screenplay is a real disappointment, failing to lock into gear at any time."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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