Spring Forward
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Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph (Ned Beatty), a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor (Campbell Scott). Paul sticks with the job, and, as the months pass, he and Murph work their way through events both mundane… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Beatty and Schreiber generate a convincing camaraderie that is warm and touching yet with a refreshing lack of sticky sentiment."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A remarkable film, totally absorbing from the first frame to the last. It's a marvel of simplicity and depth, comfort and compassion."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"While seeming to be about nothing in particular, it gradually builds toward a deeply affecting emotional impact by actually being about everything that's important."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"What a treat to finally see a pudgy character actor and a stereotypically type cast "bad guy" demonstrate their consummate acting skills"
‑ John A. Nesbit, ToxicUniverse.com
"A breath of fresh air, and an antidote to all the mindless drivel Hollywood churns out on a regular basis."
‑ David Nusair, Apollo Guide
"every moment is jam packed with a philosophical or heavy moment, never giving his characters a chance to breath"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The performances are all fine and heartfelt, but the story itself never provides much reason for us to care."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A marvelous movie about a friendship that slowly unspools between two unlikely souls."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Here's a film that values good dialogue and complex characters over dramatic gimmicks and cheap action."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"...a pair of big-budget performances by Beatty and Schreiber."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Beatty and Schreiber give accomplished performances, but are handicapped by the staginess of the script and the static nature of Gilroy's direction."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"an intelligent script and first rate performances"
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
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