'Restless' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   115 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Weeping is invited, but by no means required.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    "Restless" can get under your skin, even if you are suspicious of its motives and dubious of its ideas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Restless's main problem is that, although barely a minute of screen time goes by without some adorable quirk revealing itself, it's essentially dramatically inert.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    More care seems to have gone into wardrobe choices than into clever dialogue or plot.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Not this era's "Love Story," despite its most ingratiating efforts to find meaning, laughter and romance by way of a too-young protagonist battling cancer.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Is the title meant as a joke? A torpidly precious love story about death-obsessed adolescents, the film's becalmed and embalmed in its own sensitive self-pity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Gus Van Sant's latest -- a middle-class hetero teen romance, no less -- walks the line between mainstream sentimentality and dark art-house humor so effectively that it seems noncommittal.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    This overly twee, morbidly cute romance initially digs up the ageless "Harold and Maude" as a touchstone before it slips the coils of watchability.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    The generally expected continues to happen, and we're left with another coming of age tale of getting to the emotional maturity while not letting go of the quirk. Meh.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    An uncommonly touching romance about a young man and woman who essentially worship at the shrines of their own deaths.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    [A] moody, tiresomely whimsical tale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    In its episodic bits of quirk and whimsy, and its romantic morbidity, it's a project that smacks of film school - you can practically follow the cookie crumbs of Wes Anderson and Harold and Maude and the French New Wave.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Van Sant lays on the whimsy with a trowel; Wasikowska's quirky thrift-store wardrobe and twinkling performance are enough to trigger migraines.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Restless is consciously lovely in the face of death. How rare.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Nilsen Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Unlike Van Sant's grittier, less sentimental recent small films, it's twee enough to make your teeth ache. It's the director's biggest miscalculation since "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" 18 years ago.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    "Restless" is far more precious than profound. But that takes little away from this soulful teenage exploration of love, life and death.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    "Twee" doesn't begin to describe this set-up, and it doesn't suit Gus Van Sant, or any director for that matter.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    A film that is often as insipid as one of Nicholas Sparks's commercial melodramas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Van Sant salts the film with moments of macabre humor, but never goes beyond the bounds of good taste. His directorial touch is restrained.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Goopy doomed teen romance looks to appeal mostly to impressionable adolescent girls.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    The material isn't up to Van Sant's abilities, and the impression of "Restless" is of a filmmaker playing with familiar themes and searching for an adequate vessel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    63
    Van Sant and his longtime cinematographer, Harris Savides, can caress the faces of youth with a poet's eye for beauty and pain.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The film errs on the side of formula even as it carries the sheen and delicacy of something handmade.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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