By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Wim Wenders once again pays homage to the American West. With echoes of his career-defining Paris, Texas, Don't Come Knocking follows a washed-up actor trying to reconnect with his family and himself after a life of loneliness.
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DisappointingBy GreenwichPaul (49 reviews) from London , 11 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]With a stellar cast and the prospect of Wenders and Shepard working together again I expected this to be one of my films of the year. But, I have to admit that this is far from perfect.
So, what went wrong? Maybe it is the ill-judged comedy (especially Roth's irritating performance) or Shepard's less than heartfelt script. Wenders' direction is partly to blame as well as he seems unsure where to go with the film.
What should have have been a fascinating deconstruction of the myths of the West, of Hollywood and of the male psyche is a flawed but interesting piece. This film should have been as monumental as the Utah scenery that opens the film but instead we are given mere hints of what could have been
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A job that needed doingBy StoryeBook (31 reviews) , 18 Oct 2013This story needed to be told - the real upshot when your typical cowboy hero rides off into the sunset at the end of every western, leaving this week's woman behind, so as to be free to fall in love anew in the next movie. This story, of course, is about the actor, not the character, but it works out the same. A life of love which could have happened, but didn't because he could not be bothered to take responsibility. So as I said - this film is a job that needed doing.
Don't Come KnockingBy a customer from SUFFOLK , 09 Jul 2010I was very disappointed in this film, especially since Jessica Lange, who I particularly like, was featured in it. It was tedious and painfully slow. The characters were somewhat bizarre and the dialogue seemed improvised rather than scripted. Not one to recommend unfortunately. In fact i didn't even bother to watch right to the end.
two dimensionalBy mrsdvd (59 reviews) from Twickenham , 16 Feb 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThey should have just set this in some off broadway theatre, useless for film, and everybody seems to be showing their age, Wenders is lost, Shephard doesn't make sense or make us feel anything, and as for that wonderful actress Jessica Lange, and once main squeeze of Shephard, that wind tunnel look has destroyed any semblance of humanity, facelifted almost beyond recognition, she is done for. What a terrible disappointment for three great talents and what a terrific theme, exaggerated by Shephard discovering he has not just one child he fathered in his stud actor days but two, a child too far! It just lacked any fulllness and like most plays I have watched lately, wonder why I bothered.
middling goodBy lesliejung (97 reviews) from london, england , 30 Sep 2008some good performances - jessica lange, and the newly found son - but the rest are phoning it in, either because their parts are underwritten or not credible - the faded movie star is not compelling enough to warrant all this attention, you see - so i am not convinced.
Don't Come KnockingBy Sarz30 (3 reviews) from Harlow , 01 Apr 2008Absolutely diar film. Switched off half way through as it was that bad! The accents were also appaulling. My advice would be 'don't do it!'