Rails & Ties
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Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, and Miles Heizer star in director Alison Eastwood's tale of two families locked into an emotional -- and physical -- collision course. There once was a time when Tom and Megan Stark had all the time in the world to take their dream vacation and start a family, but these days the couple's marriage is suffering and their time appears to be running short. Megan has been diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness, and when the prospect of losing his wife becomes too much to bear, railroad engineer Tom seeks escape in his work. On the tracks Tom is in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's hard to get over the implausibility of the premise in Micky Levy's script, even though the characters themselves acknowledge that they're in a ridiculous situation."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"I think somehow the filmmakers lost the way, lost sight of the people inside the plot."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"In common with her famous actor/filmmaker father, Ms. Eastwood seems to have an instinctual grasp of the petty grievances and triumphs of working-class American life."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"DVD is the perfect place for a movie like Rails & Ties. Somehow it's easier to block out the often forced nature of the plot and just enjoy the rich performances and the humane themes."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Everyone involved will move on to bigger and better things and leave this series of unfortunate events behind on the tracks, waiting for a midnight train to put it out of its considerable misery."
‑ Brian Tallerico, The Deadbolt
"There's just not much here to recommend at all."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"All the astute acting in the world can't bring such a preposterous story into the station on time and intact."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Feels so forced and determined to convey a certain emotion that its authenticity is lost. And when there's no sense of authenticity, there's no emotional attachment."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Alison Eastwood has created a film of quiet delicacy, something fragile yet resolute, and shot through with a life affirming thread that is brave enough to suggest that sometimes life does indeed blossom from tragedy."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"The younger Eastwood tells her story with sledgehammer blows."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One highly unlikely circumstance after another become laughable, preventing you from being moved by the family tragedies depicted. They beg for tears, but a script this chock-full of holes is unlikely to elicit the desired effect."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"While it features three strong performance and the debut of a promising filmmaker, the story line is obvious and rather melodramatic."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Kevin Bacon turns in a solid, attention grabbing performance as a rigid, scornful man in a deep funk just trying to cling to a familiar world disintegrating all around him."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The metaphors flow almost as freely as the tears in this sentimental weepie."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Either an unsuccessfully manipulative, sappy melodrama or the most deranged concept for a family sitcom anyone has ever developed."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
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