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A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.

Actors: Helen Hunt , Brenton Thwaites , Luke Wilson , Robert Knepper , Leonor Varela , David Zayas , Callum Keith Rennie , Mike White , Elizabeth Jayne , Julie Dretzin , Jay Russell
Directors: Helen Hunt
Country: USA
Release: 2014-11-08
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  • James Rocchi

    While initially playing like a fish-out-of-water (or, more specifically, into-the-water) rom-com, Hunt’s Ride winds up being surprisingly satisfying, a film with the guts to talk about the things that really matter underneath what could have been a glib, shallow version of the same tale.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The film is high-strung, nervous and slightly chilly in the New York scenes, but once the action shifts to the beaches of Venice, it slows down considerably, and fittingly. Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Ride sounds a bit like a Lifetime movie, but in Hunt’s capable hands it’s a brisk, funny and touching comedy for boomers.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    The movie, like Jackie, loosens up a bit, and her relationship with Ian adds a nice bit of warmth. Hunt directs the film, and at times its tonal shifts are a bit jarring.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    Ride is at its best and most authentic in its final chapter and an inconclusive resolution, but not so sure-footed in how it gets there.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There's a wry sweetness to this picture.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    You can't blame Hunt for perhaps taking on too much — at least she wrote herself a complicated role in this sorry age for front-and-center movie women — but it doesn't always make for a smooth Ride.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Isabella Biedenharn

    Hunt seems to confuse fast-talking with crackling banter, and the mother-son bond is way ickier than it is cute.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    There are good things in it, but Ms. Hunt is smart, observant and bright enough to make films that resonate with more freshness than this. Maybe next time.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Where the film falters is in the writing of its central relationship: That Jackie and Angelo love each other fiercely doesn’t make their interactions any less hard to take, and Australian newcomer Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “Son of a Gun”), despite his ample charisma and pitch-perfect American accent, can’t quite get past his character’s callow, whiny affect.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jon Frosch

    By turns deft and clumsy, inspired and insipid, Ride is a deeply sincere mess of a comedy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Hunt’s writing isn’t exactly knocking off Woody Allen (her characters do send text messages, after all), but it shares with Allen a peculiar, stylized imitation of how New Yorkers supposedly sound.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    As an instructional movie on the sport, Ride offers some useful tips, but beyond that, it feels like a slightly bizarre vanity project.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The simplicity of the film’s East Coast/West Coast assumptions bear out in the rest of the script, which rides such tidy little symmetries all the way to shore, as mom learns to relax and her son grows up a bit. Meeting somewhere in the middle is what mediocrities do.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Throughout, Helen Hunt obsequiously tends to her character's evolution as a parent through a flagrant indulgence of sitcom-ish scenarios.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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