Turn the River
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Kailey has lost almost everything. Separated from her husband, who's had a crisis of faith, and unable to see her son, who is being abused without her there to protect him, Kailey makes a desperate living as a pool and poker hustler, aided by an old pool hall manager who helps her both to run her illegal game and to pass letters back and forth to her son. With a big score on the horizon, Kailey could finally have the money she needs to escape with her son and start a new life, but if her tenuous plans don't work out, she could lose what little she has left.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Janssen, who reportedly did her own pool shooting, is [best] served in the scenes with Gulley, which are wrenching in a coolly understated way."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Hopefully, more moviegoers will catch a performance as promising as this Turn in another rack."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"captures the scant, fetid tone of broken down pool halls and cracked glass bars infested with third-rate hustlers and frat boys slumming for a hustle"
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Turn the River, sometimes like Kailey herself and sometimes not, has a laudable habit of pulling back at the right moments and proving its mettle in unexpected ways."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"It's not sharp or ironic, but drab and downbeat. Unfortunately, it's also going to feel utterly familiar to those who've seen their share of independent dramas in the last 15 years."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"We're left after this terse and anxious film knowing nothing more about the world than that Janssen looks cool bending over and glaring at the eight-ball"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"No glamorized games here, just a bleak look at a bleak story of a woman trying to crawl her way up from a life of limited options."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A small-scale but thoroughly engrossing drama full of strong performances and sharp dialogue."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"A modest, grittily surfaced film that, while nothing earth-shaking, manages to hold your interest, despite its basic been-there/done-that premise."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It's a bumpy film, and though no one may see it, it's impossible to imagine it playing as gracefully, like its effectively open-ended finale, without Janssen's conviction to her role."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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