The Open Road
The Open Road (2009)

Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, and Mary Steenburgen star in writer/director Michael Meredith's tale of a young man looking to reconnect with his long-lost father -- a famous athlete -- and bring him back to the bedside of his ailing… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 17, 2009
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29%
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

The Open Road is no Grand Prix winner, but it's no six-car pileup either. It's a low-key road movie that doesn't stray far from the very, very beaten path.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

An earnestly acted film with a movie-of-the-week vibe, it's watchable but too slow-moving -- and far too predictable -- to be entirely engaging.

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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

A screenplay that feels written by numbers, but excellent performances make it deserve more attention than this late summer dump

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Despite its dependable cast, this ponderous road movie remains stuck in the slow lane.

Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com

The picture contains a few inspired moments of antagonism and redemption, but it's hard to get energized about a feature film that positions Timberlake in a leading role. The movie practically begs for more Bridges.

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Joe Leydon
Variety

Entirely predictable but surprisingly involving.

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Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com

plays like a familiar checklist

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Touching story. Really good actors, for the most part. Jeff Bridges makes it all completely worth while, in any case.
Al S
The story is slow and so is the character development. Bridges is a great actor but not even his charisma or talent can save this material
Melvin White
You wouldn't think a movie with Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, Mary Steenburgen, and the beautiful Kate Mara would be so dull. None of theses people give… More
Dean McKenna
The film is ultimately a road trip movie - father and son hit the road, where many secrets and feelings come to surface - in the tradition of 2009's… More
Leigh Ryan
Nothing spectacular.
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