A woman (Famke Janssen) uses her gambling skills to earn enough money to flee to Canada with the son she had been forced to abandon at birth.
" [This] atmospheric pic positively vibrates with authenticity. "
" A small-scale but thoroughly engrossing drama full of strong performances and sharp dialogue. "
" Janssen, who reportedly did her own pool shooting, is [best] served in the scenes with Gulley, which are wrenching in a coolly understated way. "
" Skip the coda to this movie, with its tiny upswing of hope, and remember the days at the tables, as dim and endless as nights, and the click of the dialogue. "
" The movie has a mixture of edginess and melancholy that's beautifully sustained until the climax, when the tang of realism becomes the cudgel of melodrama. "
" The sense of storytelling intelligence is undeniable. "
" Turn the River is a finely observed portrait of a desperate working-class woman who refuses to play by ordinary rules. "
" A well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose. "
" 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. "
" Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery. "
" What Eigeman needs is a stronger sense of style and storytelling if he wants to elevate the material past the stock indie-miserabilism mark. "
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