Tennessee (2009)

Two brothers set out in search of their estranged father in this road-bound family drama produced by Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball) and starring singer Mariah Carey. As siblings, Carter (Adam Rothenberg) and Ellis (Ethan Peck) never saw… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite some beautiful scenery, Tennessee can't extend its simple premise beyond typical independent road trip movie tropes.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A formulaic indie road drama.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The good news for Carey is that she gets to prove she's a pretty decent actress after all. The bad news, of course, is that she's done it in a movie no one has any other reason to see.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Has beautiful scenery and brief suspense, but that's not nearly enough to keep you immersed or captivated in the often contrived story or any of its poorly developed characters.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

The problem with the film is that it is depressing for no real reason.

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New York Post

Two brothers slowly make their way from New Mexico back to their home in Tennessee in a watery indie drama.

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Clay Cane

So the big question is -- how was Mariah? Surprisingly, Mrs. Cannon was the light in an otherwise morbid and boring film. She had flair, swagger and a convincing Texas accent.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

It is a brooding, heavy story that has moments of visual beauty, but is ultimately imbued with a permanent glumness.

Rafer Guzman

As a Texas waitress, Carey is convincing -- more so than the film itself.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Too formulaic to be the sort of low-budget film that garners critical buzz or a cult audience; and too 'indie' to click with the mainstream crowd.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
"I'm always up for a road-trip movie. This one just wasn't the best that I have seen. I was a little iffy going into just because the movie has… More
Cynthia S.
This was a really good movie, despite that fact that Mariah Carey was in it. She isnt the best actress by any account, BUT the movie around her more than made… More
jay nixon
Dreary and glum with a flicker of hope at the end.