Turn the River
Turn the River (2008)

A woman struggles to win back the son she lost when she divorced her husband in a gritty drama that marks the directorial debut of actor Chris Eigeman. Kailey (Famke Janssen) is a woman who makes her living playing high-stakes poker and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Janssen, who reportedly did her own pool shooting, is [best] served in the scenes with Gulley, which are wrenching in a coolly understated way.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules.

Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Hopefully, more moviegoers will catch a performance as promising as this Turn in another rack.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

A well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

A modest, grittily surfaced film that, while nothing earth-shaking, manages to hold your interest, despite its basic been-there/done-that premise.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

We're left after this terse and anxious film knowing nothing more about the world than that Janssen looks cool bending over and glaring at the eight-ball

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

It's not sharp or ironic, but drab and downbeat. Unfortunately, it's also going to feel utterly familiar to those who've seen their share of independent dramas in the last 15 years.

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Paul Brenner

captures the scant, fetid tone of broken down pool halls and cracked glass bars infested with third-rate hustlers and frat boys slumming for a hustle

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Turn the River," Kailey Sullivan(Famke Janssen, doing a fine Sandra Bullock impression) is a pool player who has been forbidden from seeing her… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
An incredibly slow drama that has a good point where right is meant to be right regardless of the hard times people face, in relationships where the children… More
Todd Smith
Turn The River is a stupid story, that is poorly directed, and just plain boring. Kailey is a professional gambler who not only lost custody of her son when she… More
Sol C
Famke Janssen shines in this film!!! One of her best performances. The film reminded me of the film Trucker. Nice ensemble. I definitely recommend this film,… More