U-Turn (1997)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

With the exception of 1988's lacerating Talk Radio, U Turn might be the most forgotten film in Oliver Stone's canon -- a shame, since it offers sinful pleasures for those willing to take the ride.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

U-Turn becomes a showcase for the filmmaker's terrific arsenal of visual mannerisms and free-association imagery.

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Blake French

It's a feast for the senses, as long as you have a strong stomach.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

It's a disappointing ride.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

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.

Rob Gonsalves

This long, strange trip is fun but aimless.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you… More
Conner Rainwater
An amazing Neo-Noir/Western that's almost impossible to not enjoy on at least some level. The story is incredibly well-written and the characters are… More
Lucas Martins
Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.
Chris Weber
Lurid and Excessive. These two words perfectly describe this film. They also perfectly describe Stone's earlier film Natural Born Killers. Where they… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is… More
Michael S
Oliver Stone does Lynchian-Peckinpah, and the results are suprisingly good.