Back Roads
Back Roads (1981)

For his follow-up to 1979's Academy Award-winning Norma Rae, director Martin Ritt re-teams with that film's star, Sally Field, for this gritty romantic road comedy. Reportedly Ritt's homage to Frank Capra's films of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 13, 1981
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Time Out

Very good on local colour but a bit sugary in its attitude to the central relationship, it would have been better taking a bleaker cue from Tommy Lee Jones' admirably dry performance.

TV Guide

It's a surprise to discover that this hackneyed, relatively dull road picture is the work of director Martin Ritt.

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Film4

Despite the efforts of the two talented leads, their central relationship fails to ignite, while the comedy is lacklustre at best.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If the movie had been willing to deal honestly with the plight of its characters, it wouldn't need to be clutterted up with eccentrics and hearts of gold.

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Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

A quiet and unassuming little comedy, a dual-gendered character study mixed with a low-key "road trip" adventure.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Less a movie than an extended sketch, and it's to the credit of Mr. Ritt, his stars and Gary Devore, the screenwriter, that the movie is so much fun.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Back Roads is a love story with real clout.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
There are a lot of good actors in this movie, but the story lets them down. It's boring, predictable, and disappointing in the end. I didn't care… More
jay nixon
appealing performers but the script isn't great