U-Turn (1997)

Oliver Stone takes a breather from politics with this violent and frequently very funny black comedy about a gambler whose car breaks down near an Arizona mining town filled with thieves, vamps and killers.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 3, 1997
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.

Ted Anthony
Associated Press

The best art of any age typically comes from the dysfunctional artist, and U-Turn is just that -- Stone's oddball glimpse into a shadow America that no one wants to believe exists but that undoubtedly does.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

With the exception of 1988's lacerating Talk Radio, U Turn might be the most forgotten film in Oliver Stone's canon -- a shame, since it offers sinful pleasures for those willing to take the ride.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

As the first Oliver Stone movie to gleefully dispense with sociopolitical significance, U-Turn is an overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

It's a disappointing ride.

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Blake French

It's a feast for the senses, as long as you have a strong stomach.

Todd McCarthy

The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to.

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Rob Gonsalves

This long, strange trip is fun but aimless.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you… More
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Lucas Martins
Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.
Chris Weber
Lurid and Excessive. These two words perfectly describe this film. They also perfectly describe Stone's earlier film Natural Born Killers. Where they… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is… More
Michael S
Oliver Stone does Lynchian-Peckinpah, and the results are suprisingly good.