Rudderless (2014)

Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2015
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rudderless asks its cast to carry an awful lot of weight for its occasionally manipulative story; fortunately, this talented bunch -- led by Billy Crudup -- is often more than up to the task.

Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Rudderless is humane and almost entertaining.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The story takes an even sharper left turn in the last half hour, raising emotional issues it can't adequately address.

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Justin Gerber
Consequence of Sound

Shock can lead to awe, but in the case of Rudderless, shock leads to "ahhh, they blew it."

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

The film is a roller-coaster of emotions and the jolt, when it comes, will send you reeling.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Rudderless" isn't always smoothly paced, and features a plot twist that's awkwardly handled, but at its heart is a performance that resonates - and a director that, I hope, has more stories to tell.

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Michael A. Smith

Skillfully directed by William H. Macy, "Rudderless" is one of those small independent films that it's a privilege to discover

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

For all its noble intentions and loaded emotions, "Rudderless" proves a largely hollow, uninvolving affair.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Dishonest, manipulative and ultimately infuriating ...

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Robert Levin

The picture is performance-driven, without a wandering eye, to the extent that you can't help but feel moved every time Billy Crudup's Sam busts out his guitar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A father discovers a box of tapes and joins a band which covers his dead son's songs. With a soaring, remarkable soundtrack, fantastic, touching… More
Alice Shen
I don't want to give anything away, but this little indie gem tackles grief, guilt, parenthood, redemption - all with expertly revealed exposition,… More
m h
I love "music" films and I love Anton Yelchin so I was really looking forward to this. Overall, I did really enjoy the film. But I do have some… More