Off the Map
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Bo is a young girl, living in rural New Mexico, who yearns to feel a connection to the world she perceives as beginning outside the lines of her tiny town. Her father is depressed; her mother is the archetype of an earth mother. Bo meanwhile writes to various snack-cake manufacturers describing the ailments their products have given her and requesting replacements. But the family grows its own food and has a stockpile of firewood that will last years. That sets the stage for the visit from the IRS, sent to see why the family hasn't filed any income taxes.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quiet and quirky, yet refreshingly unpretentious, Off the Map is a welcome sojourn in a place that seems strange, yet entirely familiar."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's so focused on the subject that the downer mood becomes distressingly contagious."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"You'll get more entertainment value by staring into your refrigerator than you will by watching this meandering meditation on what it means to be unclear on any concept you can dream up as you sleep through the movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"[Off the Map] takes time to breathe, to savor the present and not get bogged down in all the little things that often dominate our attention."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"...eloquently written but not overwritten, with a story that ultimately feels less like a literary construct and more like a spontaneous celebration of a few lived lives..."
‑ Lance Goldenberg, Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
"[A] lovely film, which hardly ever makes a move that feels wrong."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Surprisingly enjoyable and insightful, full of hope and generosity, with characters and a story that not only satisfy but also shed light in various directions."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A unique and quietly memorable multi-character study."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Scott lets the story take its own time, revealing its secrets in its own special way."
‑ David Cornelius,
"You can't get past the knowledge that you've seen it all before, and often better."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"A journey into an austere land of moviemaking where few artists dare go."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"It's supposed to invite you in, and it does, with eccentric characters, soft stories and a sense of spare solidity that feels more true than precious."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"I should point out that one character that makes the biggest impact is the landscape itself."
‑ Andrew Griffin, Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
"Off the Map ... is a movie you soak in and examine, like a painting in an art gallery. You study its shades and lines so you can appreciate the work as a whole."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Off The Map's landscape is intermittently engaging."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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