Don't Come Knocking
Don't Come Knocking (2006)

Howard Spence has seen better days. When he was younger he was a movie star, mostly in Westerns. At the age of 60, Howard uses drugs, alcohol and young girls to avoid the painful truth that there are only supporting roles left for him to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cinematography conjures beautifully evocative landscapes, but aside from that, the film is meandering and pointless.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

By the time we get to the point where the camera is endlessly circling Shepard sitting on a sofa in the middle of the street, it feels as if he and his director were making things up as they went along.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Spence has much in common with Shepard and Wenders. They seem equally bewildered about what to do, other than spending nearly two hours demonstrating that Spence is a self-pitying fool.

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Fernando F. Croce

The bitterness of the playwright's vision is expanded by the director's fascinated fondness for American culture

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

The story is as meandering as it is self-indulgent.

Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Suffers badly from an emotional aimlessness.

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Cole Smithey

Apart from an extraordinary scene of attempted reconciliation between Shepard and Lange "Don't Come Knocking" is an inflated drama that lies stagnate on the screen.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The charm here is in watching Shepard and Lange, and Shepard and Saint play off one another, and the leisurely pace of the 'discoveries' that aren't really secrets in the first place.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Don't Come Knocking isn't noticeably relevant or insightful, even if you're able to suspend disbelief long enough to buy the idea of a western movie star in the 21st Century.

Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

hardly Wenders' most adventurous feature, although perhaps his bravest, dramatising not only the director's undoubted influence on the last 20 years of indie cinema, but also his increasing redundancy within it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Very impressed with this film. A great anti-Western, it's depicting a world outside of the Western genre still shot in, basically, the Western genre. The… More
Dimitris Springer
Faraway,so close dear's a shame,really,to stuck en route for the American dream as you say in all your filmography,discovering the core and… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The poetic journey of an aging cowboy who seeks for redemption and forgiveness. Wenders lyric take on an existencial drama, with exceptional and touching… More
Leo L
An interesting movie! Sam Shepard is definitely one of a kind as he plays a Hollywood western actor. He's pretty much down on his luck, decides to… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Don't Come Knocking", movie star Howard Spence(Sam Shepard, who also wrote the screenplay) rides a horse away from his… More

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