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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Richard Harris and Robert Duvall star in this low-key drama concerning a hard-drinking former sea captain (Richard Harris) who befriends a shy retired barber (Robert Duvall). Though their polar-opposite personalities find the relationship slow going at first, roguish Frank (Harris) and gentle Walter (Duvall) soon develop a close friendship as they pass the days with conversation. As death looms near and their pasts seem to evaporate into the air with the passing of each day, the lonely souls find comfort in each other's company until their fragile friendship is shattered. When Frank… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Instead of simply assuming that the old have interesting lives, the film never stops congratulating itself for being daring enough to focus on them."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A slow-paced and sentimental film, but still a pleasure to watch as the two brilliant and dignified leads play off each other so well."
‑ , Film4
"Portrays the salutary ways in which two very dissimiliar elders enrich each other's lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Funny, touching, understated. Melancholy, bittersweet, lovely."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"It's another right of passage movie that pinballs off of clichés as though that is a way to achieve meaning."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"An endearing buddy movie for the senior crowd."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A deeply moving and wonderfully acted film about loneliness and friendship. This is one to treasure."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Duvall and Harris are as touching, as they are mezmerising."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is melodramatic, and its pacing is rather slow, but it is also filled with fine acting and quirky but believable relationships, and ultimately proves quite satisfying."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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