The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist (1988)

Director Lawrence Kasdan and Frank Galati adapted their screenplay for The Accidental Tourist from Anne Tyler's novel. William Hurt plays Macon Leary, a well-known "travel advisor" headquartered in Baltimore. The tragic death… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 23, 1988
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The emotional complexities unearthed are distinctly adult.

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Emanuel Levy

Kasdan's film lacks the spirit of Tyler's novel; he seems to be the wrong director to translate the author's affectionate and humorous treatment of the characters. Fortunately, Geena Davis as the eccentric dog-walker elevates the otherwise morose mood.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Beautifully-acted comedy-drama that doesn't overdose on its quirks.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

The film tries so hard to be funny, but ends up feeling like a rejected Woody ALlen script idea.

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Gregory Weinkauf

A genuinely beautiful and human story out of the Hollywood mills. Subtly amazing work from all concerned.

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Hurt and Davis at their peaks in a touching, well-crafted drama

Randy White
Common Sense Media

A mature, well-made film for teens and adults.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

This is a warm movie told in the temperature of almost-recognizable life; it's a believable love story, joked up a bit but not too much.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Stiff and boring, with only Davis giving it a burst of life.

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Cynthia S.
William Hurt sure made some really great movies back in the 80s and 90s. I cant say that I have watched anything lately that he has starred in. This movie was… More
Dean McKenna
Average gentle, wryly amusing study of love triumphing over indifference.
Mason Williams
The Accidental Tourist starring Geena Davis, William Hurt and Kathleen Turner is a very good film based on the best selling novel. William Hurt and Kathleen… More
Mark Abell
A marvelous cast and an interesting story pretty much insures that this film would strike a chord with this viewer. Geena Davis as Muriel Pritchett, William… More
Alice Shen
The thing I really love about Kasdan's scripts is that he tells us what happened without TELLING us what happened. A little slow past the first half but… More
Byron Brubaker
William Hurt's character, Macon Leary, is the opposite of Anthony Bourdain. He's a world traveler, but unwilling to try new things or actually… More