Rails & Ties
Rails & Ties (2007)

Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, and Miles Heizer star in director Alison Eastwood's tale of two families locked into an emotional -- and physical -- collision course. There once was a time when Tom and Megan Stark had all the time in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the strong cast, Rails & Ties is an emotionally overwrought, not entirely believable melodrama.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

It's hard to get over the implausibility of the premise in Micky Levy's script, even though the characters themselves acknowledge that they're in a ridiculous situation.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I think somehow the filmmakers lost the way, lost sight of the people inside the plot.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

In common with her famous actor/filmmaker father, Ms. Eastwood seems to have an instinctual grasp of the petty grievances and triumphs of working-class American life.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

There's just not much here to recommend at all.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

All the astute acting in the world can't bring such a preposterous story into the station on time and intact.

Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Feels so forced and determined to convey a certain emotion that its authenticity is lost. And when there's no sense of authenticity, there's no emotional attachment.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

One highly unlikely circumstance after another become laughable, preventing you from being moved by the family tragedies depicted. They beg for tears, but a script this chock-full of holes is unlikely to elicit the desired effect.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

While it features three strong performance and the debut of a promising filmmaker, the story line is obvious and rather melodramatic.

Prairie Miller

Kevin Bacon turns in a solid, attention grabbing performance as a rigid, scornful man in a deep funk just trying to cling to a familiar world disintegrating all around him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Sol C
Alison Eastwod hits a double in her directorial debut. Alison was great in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Here, she shows that she has strong… More
Red Lats
Kevin Bacon is Tom and Marcia Gay Harden is Megan - a couple who are having difficulties with their marriage. Not only that, but Megan has cancer. Tom… More
Daisy Maduro
Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden and Miles Heizer made me believe that I was looking into their lives and Alison Eastwood's direction clearly had something… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Rails and Ties," Tom(Kevin Bacon), a train engineer, is advised to take some time off to care for his wife Megan(Marcia Gay… More
Leo L
Here's a great movie with a remarkable story plot about human nature. Love. Bond. Loss. Death. Life. These are all essential within the story of two… More