A washed-up Western star (Sam Shepard), who drowns his sorrows in drugs, alcohol and young women, continues his destructive behavior until he discovers he may have fathered a child.
" There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy. "
" Suffers badly from an emotional aimlessness. "
" The story is as meandering as it is self-indulgent. "
" Don't Come Knocking isn't noticeably relevant or insightful, even if you're able to suspend disbelief long enough to buy the idea of a western movie star in the 21st Century. "
" [A] big-hearted failure of a film. "
" The kind of movie you stretch out in, wander around, and -- like the characters onscreen -- just let happen to you. "
" It walks a fine line between sentimentality and satire, but rarely stumbles, thanks to a cast that is captivating to hear and watch. "
" The charm here is in watching Shepard and Lange, and Shepard and Saint play off one another, and the leisurely pace of the 'discoveries' that aren't really secrets in the first place. "
" Spence has much in common with Shepard and Wenders. They seem equally bewildered about what to do, other than spending nearly two hours demonstrating that Spence is a self-pitying fool. "
" It has the feel of an idea that was kicked around without ever finding its footing. "
" By the time we get to the point where the camera is endlessly circling Shepard sitting on a sofa in the middle of the street, it feels as if he and his director were making things up as they went along. "
" A moving film that hangs with you like a favorite vacation to red-rock country. "
" It degenerates into one of those scream-o-ramas, an emotional hellzapoppin', where everybody tries to make everybody else cry. "
" As arresting as the images are, Shepard's clunky, soap-opera banter brings most everything, and everyone, crashing down to earth. "
" Shards of honesty pierce the action, true little moments that wound or heal a weak man in a flawed story. "
" Don't Come Knocking finally doesn't work for me, because instead of embodying its themes it seems to be regarding them from outside, with awe, as if it is the high school production of itself. "
" Burdened with uneven acting and portentous dialogue, the film has one important saving grace. Franz Lustig's cinematography exquisitely captures the grandeur and loneliness of the American West. "
" A pretentious drama about a formerly famous movie star undergoing an identity crisis. "
" For those in tune with Shepard's oeuvre; Wenders' sly, muted tone; and the exquisite cinematography of Franz Lustig, Don't Come Knocking can be quirkily resonant. "
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