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Actor Bill Paxton produced this unusual film about a clan of Irish-American con artists practicing in the American South. They live in a secluded compound and have their own time-honored customs. Pat (Mark Wahlberg) is returning to the hideout for the funeral of his father, who irked the clan by marrying an outsider. Because his mother is not Irish, the compound's boss, Jack Costello (Luke Askew), tells him that he's no longer welcome there. But Bokky, played by Paxton, takes the younger man under his wing and teaches him the clan's trade. Bokky specializes in cheating homeowners… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This fresh and interesting story about a tight-knit clan of Irish grifters in the rural South who make their living scamming is a ''con men on the road'' picture all the more welcome during a season of junky action thrillers..."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"This is a film about people who get by depending on antisocial skills and outlaw wit, and Green and writer Jim McGlynn clearly empathize with their independent spirit and lifestyle, even if they don't completely approve."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Mark Wahlberg gives a fine, fine performance"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Fascinating slice-of-life drama about a tightly knit clan of con men."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"There's something a bit dull about the movie that gives you the leisure to wonder what's so great about being a Traveller and so terrible about being excommunicated."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Eastwood's longtime lenser Jack Green makes a decent feature debut with a well-acted comedy-adventure that in its good moments recalls such classics as The Sting and The Grifters."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The film is just there on screen, better than watching a clock, better than contemplating mortality, an OK experience. There are movies like this. No sense in pretending otherwise."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Interesting slice-of-life about a deliberately little-known pocket of American culture."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Traveller offers a fun, escapist ride when it allows moviegoers the thrill of taking part in the clever trickery, but it's even better when it explores the intense loyalty and Irish-based customs of these masterful thieves."
‑ Jon Matsumoto, Boxoffice Magazine
"For a movie about a highly unusual topic -- modern day Irish Gypsies in the South -- Traveller, disappointingly, never goes anywhere remotely unexpected."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Though competently directed by Clint Eastwood's camerman Jack Green, matters unravel when the film ratchets up the tension and become entirely implausible at the close."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"While independent films flourish, they have nearly eradicated the scrappy B movie, of which this is an agile, enjoyable example."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An engrossing human drama set among a subculture unknown to most Americans."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"I was disappointed that it couldn't follow its genuinely good and original first half with a more interesting coda."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Thanks to rich characterizations and a strong cast, this is one story of con men in which the "men" are more important than the "con.""
‑ Scott Renshaw,
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