Jack Goes Boating
Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Adapted from Bob Glaudini's play of the same name, Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, tells the simple tale of Jack (Hoffman), a shy, fortyish limo driver with a fondness for pot and reggae music -- he… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's made the journey from stage to screen somewhat worse for wear, but Jack Goes Boating remains a sensitive, well-acted character study.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The magnitude of the acting overshadows the modest reach of the material.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The best thing about Philip Seymour Hoffman's directing debut: It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Chase Whale

An exceptional directorial debut by Philip Seymour Hoffman, JACK GOES BOATING is a touching story about how of love is awkward, funny, and important.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Hoffman the director can't compete with Hoffman the film's star. And he can pretty much just stand in wonder at the layers co-star Amy Ryan brings to the party. The woman is a natural wonder.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It belatedly reveals itself to be a meditation on the different kinds of loneliness, presenting isolation as a form of social stage fright.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

These characters are all writerly quirks, never once behaving remotely like recognizable human beings.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The movie's heart and story, both bleeding and mending, and its quartet of characters are hard to abandon -- and easy to care about.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Making his feature directing debut, Hoffman shows considerable generosity toward the other players, which was probably a good idea given his own listless performance as the mumbling title character.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Refreshingly optimistic without idealization, Jack Goes Boating gives us a fantastic cast and manages to be charming and witty without sacrificing integrity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
A film about ordinary people - perhaps they get a bit angrier about their lot in life than some of us do. The characters are struggling with their… More
Cynthia S.
For some reason beyond my understanding, I am a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not sure why..but I ALWAYS enjoy his movies. Is it his style? his demeanor? his… More
Mark Walker
Throughout the years - either in leading roles like "Love Liza" "Capote" and "Doubt" or supporting roles such as "Boogie… More
Chris Weber
This film is the directorial debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and it is...pretty much what I figured or expected it to be. It very much fits in with the bulk of… More
paul sandberg
Directed and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Goes Boating tells an interesting tale of love found and lost - using the parallel tales of Jack (Hoffman),… More
Jennifer Xu
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut seems a little late in the coming. After all, a man with three Oscar nominations and many more stellar… More