Ironweed (1987)

Based on the William Kennedy novel of the same name Ironweed is set in the waning years of the Depression. Jack Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, a washed-up ballplayer (a onetime infielder for the Washington Senators) who deserted his family… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Watching "Ironweed" is like having a large, metal object lodged in your brain for 2 1/2 hours. It hurts.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

At last, a real part for Nicholson to sink his teeth into.

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Empire Magazine

Good performances, but If you're looking for an uplifting tale of hope against despair, look elsewhere.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The film becomes becalmed and confusing; it lacks the novel's great unwavering trajectory.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Despite its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time, its superstar cast and its $23 million budget, Mr. Babenco's ''Ironweed'' is skeletal, a mere outline of Mr. Kennedy's far more resonant book.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dim, grim, and relentlessly depressing.

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Variety Staff

Unrelentingly bleak, Ironweed is a film without an audience and no reason for being except its own self-importance.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Comes about as close to being an unmitigated waste of talent as any movie in recent memory.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...slow and crushing, a heavy film that has a simple plot, a despairing tone and none of the ostentatious "acting" often evinced in Nicholson's later career

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Brilliantly acted but profundly sad. A sense of gloom hangs heavily over the entire film.
Alec Barniskis
An utterly heartbreaking film about the people on the very fringe of society in the 1930s. It features one of the best performances Jack Nicholson has ever… More
Dean McKenna
William Kennedy's adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel turns into a showcase for Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, both playing skid-row… More
Erin Collins
I wasn't a fan. The acting was good, but the story was very depressing and a little slow-moving.
John Ballantine
Nicholson and Streep simply just can't do it. What a tragedy for the finest actors of their generation. The script writer is at fault as this film bobs and… More
Jason Reneau
Probably some of the best acting you will ever see in a film. Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson were nothing short of magnificent as two troubled lovers and… More