Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1994)

When two lonely old men, rough ex-sea captain Frank (Richard Harris) and retired barber Walt (Robert Duvall), meet on a park bench, they form an unlikely friendship that helps them through their triumphs and disappointments.

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 27, 1994
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Predictable but moving, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is an understated and melancholic drama that gets plenty of mileage out of an outstanding cast that includes Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Shirley MacLaine, and Sandra Bullock.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway aspires to be serious about its subject. Yet in a curious way this sobriety works against it. Frank and Walt turn into schematically contrasting case studies, and the movie's sympathy for them eventually becomes patronizing.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Offers little in the way of narrative drive or plot conflict, and what does happen is far from surprising. MacLaine and Piper Laurie are more or less wasted in supporting roles, and pretty Sandra Bullock is given almost nothing to do.

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Emanuel Levy
Variety

Randa Haines' sappy, rather dull melodrama about the friendship between two eccentric old men is mostly a showcase for its stars, Robert Duvall and Richard Harris.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is essentially about the close observation of behavior. Like some of Hemingway's stories, the real action is all implied. The characters trade small talk, and we sense that larger issues are lurking beneath their cheerfulness.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

This is a film of two superlative performances from Richard Harris and Robert Duvall, who play an odd couple drawn together by their common loneliness as they become friends in the winter of their lives

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Time Out

There aren't really any surprises, but it's a delight to see a movie which idles away without anything more pressing on its mind than people.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

An endearing buddy movie for the senior crowd.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A deeply moving and wonderfully acted film about loneliness and friendship. This is one to treasure.

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