Big Sur
Big Sur (2013)

An adaptation of American literary icon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, BIG SUR focuses on a moment in Kerouac's life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling to battle inner demons, he seeks… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila O'Malley

A strangely tepid experience for such searing psychological material.

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John DeFore
Washington Post

Sometimes feels like a beautiful illustration, rather than an adaptation, of Kerouac's prose.

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

Ultimately, Big Sur demonstrates the limitations of Kerouac's text, how personal it is to each reader and how unsatisfactory it feels on the big screen.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

There's a strange heft to its hollowness.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

With Kerouac declaring that "the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind," we're still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

An ingenious way to bring the story to life, such an experimental visual form's potential to captivate might leave something to be desired.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Nobody's given the opportunity to do much more than brood prettily and occasionally shout carpe diembromides into the pounding surf.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a kind of tone poem, drenching the senses in beautifully sad imagery, as Kerouac's poetry and prose sound over images of the sparkling Pacific.

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