The Ballad of Jack and Rose
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose
A single father tries to come to terms with his 16-year-old daughter Rose's coming-of-age. When the father's new love, Kathleen and her two teenage boys come to live with them, Rose undergoes a sexual awakening with both liberating and devastating consequences.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Doesn't succeed in everything it sets out to do, but as a statement about the death rattle of 60s counterculture it's thoughtful and affecting."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"The Ballad of Jack and Rose, like the community it elucidates, is not perfect. Like the people who try so desperately to make the most of the world in which they live, it is full of flaws, inconsistencies, and shortcomings."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Belle is equally good, proving that she's a real movie star in the making - there's a sort of feral energy to Rose that's genuinely scary and disturbingly unpredictable."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A fable of the end of innocence, complete with such symbols of paradise lost as a snake (a fugitive copperhead) and a toppled playhouse."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"As indie efforts go, The Ballad of Jack and Rose pushes a lot of the classic indie audience buttons, coupled with some depressingly mainstream ones."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's all strange and mildly unpleasant and self-consciously arty."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"A disjointed collection of characters whose dysfunctional behavior modes only reinforce the aimlessness of the narrative."
‑ Prairie Miller, NY Rock
"It's about two-thirds a great movie and worth it for those two-thirds."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Ballad wears out one tale before its end."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The entire movie seems to be suffering from the same suffocating disease as Jack."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A sad tale of isolation and love."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It is the harbinger of great films to come from an exceptional screenwriter and director."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Generally it works, thanks to the terrific performances."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"[A] strange blend of a daughter's coming of age and a father's advancing toward death."
‑ Lindy T. Shepherd, Orlando Weekly
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