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Turn the River

R Released May 9, 2008 1h 32m Drama List
62% Tomatometer 21 Reviews 45% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Ten years ago, pool shark Kailey Sullivan (Famke Janssen) lost her only son, Gulley (Jaymie Dornan), in a bitter divorce custody battle. Now she wants to get him back, no matter what it takes. But, in order for Kailey to get enough money for fake passports so they can flee to Canada, she needs to win a big game of pool. With the help of her mentor, pool hall owner Quinette (Rip Torn), she's able to meet with Gulley in secret and also locate some competitors so she can have a game. Read More Read Less

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David Fear Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: C- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor Janssen, who reportedly did her own pool shooting, is [best] served in the scenes with Gulley, which are wrenching in a coolly understated way. Rated: B- May 16, 2008 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com Janssen offers the performance of her career. Rated: 2.5/4.0 Sep 26, 2020 Full Review Chad Greene Boxoffice Magazine Hopefully, more moviegoers will catch a performance as promising as this Turn in another rack. Rated: 1.5/5 Oct 18, 2008 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International A modest, grittily surfaced film that, while nothing earth-shaking, manages to hold your interest, despite its basic been-there/done-that premise. May 9, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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steve d Not always an easy watch but Famke Janssen gives the best performance so far. The story is powerful as well. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Good story. Very good acting by Kailey, Gully and Quinn. Sad ending. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Why did she have to stop and see her ex at the end! Why??? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Argh...what the what? High stakes poker? More like boring drivel. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyed it untill the last 5 mins, what the hell kind of ending was that!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Pleasantly depressing, I liked the soundtrack and grittiness of everything. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ten years ago, pool shark Kailey Sullivan (Famke Janssen) lost her only son, Gulley (Jaymie Dornan), in a bitter divorce custody battle. Now she wants to get him back, no matter what it takes. But, in order for Kailey to get enough money for fake passports so they can flee to Canada, she needs to win a big game of pool. With the help of her mentor, pool hall owner Quinette (Rip Torn), she's able to meet with Gulley in secret and also locate some competitors so she can have a game.
Director
Chris Eigeman
Producer
Ami Armstrong
Screenwriter
Chris Eigeman
Distributor
Screen Media Ventures
Production Co
Bandora
Rating
R (Language)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 9, 2008, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 10, 2017
Runtime
1h 32m
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