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Oliver Stone directed this John Ridley screenplay adapted from Ridley's novel Stray Dogs. A drifter (Sean Penn) eludes Las Vegas collection agents and arrives in a small town where he decides to linger after his car has a breakdown. Here he gets involved with the locals, including an unhappily married couple -- a businessman (Nick Nolte) and his seductive, femme-fatale wife (Jennifer Lopez). A trailer trash teen (Claire Danes) also approaches him in an effort to get away from her abusive boyfriend (Joaquin Phoenix). Tensions in the town escalate, eventually leading to murder. Stone wanted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's a feast for the senses, as long as you have a strong stomach."
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
"One of Stone's best narrative, and thought-provoking, efforts to date."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Perplexing in the extreme."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"U-Turn becomes a showcase for the filmmaker's terrific arsenal of visual mannerisms and free-association imagery."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This long, strange trip is fun but aimless."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A bad trip flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"With brilliant photography and inventive camerawork, Stone gives a really interesting feel to the story."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"It's a disappointing ride."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Stone has stretched this rubber band past the point where it should snap into parody, but it still holds the shape of a rubber band."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Viewers who don't need depth and can ignore technique overkill along with social critique nonsense, should enjoy the bumpy ride offered by 'U Turn.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Much longer and tiresome to the audience than it should have been."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"U-Turn is fast-paced throughout, with unexpected bursts of twisted humor among the bloody closeups of beatings, shootings and mutilation."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
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