Reviewed Mar 11, 2012
Leighton Trent’s review:
There's a lot to like here, especially the fact that McConaughey finally took on something that makes him accessible as an actor and enhances what he's good at. As well, the script crafts, albeit thinly, a good story that is intriguing in the fact that the answer comes early and provides a fascinating conclusion in its second half. But, the film jumps around a little; it seems to think the relationship between McCConaughey and his ex-wife Tomei is interesting when it provides nothing, not even character development. As well, some of the acting comes off as cheesy or non-enhancing (i.e. Ryan Phillipe, Josh Lucas). The directorial choices are smart in some instances and odd in others (the photography is distracting at times). So, while uneven and formulaic to a degree, the enjoyability factor is high and kudos to it simply telling a story that keeps you interested.