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A Walk in the Woods

6/10
Comedy . Adventure . Biography . Drama
 

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

 
Actors: Mary Steenburgen , Andrew Vogel , Derek Krantz , Hayley Lovitt , Sandra Ellis Lafferty , Chrystee Pharris , Kristen Schaal , Nick Offerman , Emma Thompson , Nick Nolte , Robert Redford
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Country: USA
Release: 2015-09-02
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  • Todd McCarthy

    A Walk in the Woods serves as a terrific showcase for two exceptionally durable stars.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matthew Kassel

    The real pleasures are not to be found in the sweeping shots of the Great Smoky Mountains but in seeing how Mr. Redford and Mr. Nolte’s characters learn to get along.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    Their odd couple interplay propels a series of shambling, expletive-laden mishaps that aim more for easy laughs than Wild epiphanies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It is funny, and Redford, gracious as ever, makes a wonderful straight-man for a comic co-costar who has the face, voice and posture of a geezer who probably should have tackled this healing hike 20 years earlier.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    What A Walk in the Woods doesn’t have, however, is plot, character development, narrative conflict, and resolution – in other words, a destination.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A Walk in the Woods is surprisingly funny at times but, like many comedies, it runs out of steam about halfway through.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    It consists of a series of episodic encounters, misadventures, and musings redeemed in part by the presence of two scenic wonders, the unspoiled 2,190-mile grandeur of the Appalachian Trail and the spectacular crapulousness of Nick Nolte.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    These guys still know how to not just hold our attention but grab it, even if their current film needs them more than they need it.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    Ultimately superficial yet watchable throughout, it’s the very definition of classy fluff.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Tricia Olszewski

    If you think man-crack is the apex of hilarity, A Walk in the Woods just might be the movie for you. It’s all right there in the trailers: slapstick, womp-womp one-liners, the premise of old buddies going on an adventure.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    This slight, lightly charming comic adventure is most obviously appealing for the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" set — though Bryson himself was in his forties when he made his journey.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    “Natural” perfectly describes Nolte’s performance, too. With his growly voice and bear-like aura, he might be dismissed as a walking sight gag, but don’t let that fool you. Nolte’s way with a joke is nimble, and his delivery is spot-on.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Moylan

    A Walk in the Woods is certainly no Butch Cassidy, but it is interesting to check in with these two still-compelling codgers.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It is unexpectedly moving and occasionally delightful to spend time with these titans of cinema as they walk and sometimes wobble, delivering words that become meaningful because they’re lucky enough to be spoken by Mr. Redford and Mr. Nolte.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    It’s pleasant enough cinematic comfort food, but even so, you may be hungry again soon afterward.

    Variety Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The lax, lame A Walk in the Woods is a road movie without a road, a journey of self-discovery without discovery, and a tale of friendship without any chemistry.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • John Semley

    The nature of this fantasy is boringly feel-good and aspirational.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Too much of the breezy humor that made the book a delight is stripped away, replaced with predictable jokes and broad slapstick, sitcom-quality encounters with women and bears and a pushy, grating sentimentality.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's not a difficult picture to watch. All you want from A Walk in the Woods, honestly, is a chance to enjoy a couple of veteran actors. But the book's comic tone hasn't found a comfortable equivalent for the screen.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    So this film feels less like an easy paycheck and more like semi-retirement. Whatever wisdom is coming out of Redford’s mouth as Bryson, it always seems 100 percent clear he pursued the role because the shoot would be beautiful and he could pal around with an old friend.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It has its charming, lively moments, but also many that just feel tired and listless, as if the filmmakers were working off a checklist of all the things two well-past-middle-age travelers would say and do while trekking through the wilderness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A Walk in the Woods is broad as a barn door, with two stars who have minimal chemistry — and there’s not much in the way of reflection about mortality.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    For a moment, the movie tries to be about something deeper — some existential epiphany, perhaps. The book didn’t deal in platitudes. It was content to be lightly educational, but mostly just entertaining. The movie aspires to be more than that, only to reveal how much less than that it really is.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    A Walk in the Woods is a trifle compared to 2014's Wild, which tracked a similar real-life journey toward self-discovery in richer detail. But darned if Redford's easy charm and Nolte's gravelly lack of it aren't enticing throughout.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    A middling sitcom.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau never made a movie called Grumpy Old Men Go Camping. If they had, it surely would look a lot like A Walk in the Woods.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    One wouldn’t expect A Walk In The Woods to be a rat-a-tat-tat 1930s comedy, but between the stars’ rusty comic timing and the script’s stale setups, the movie simply isn’t that funny, more likely to produce a smile than even a chuckle.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    It doesn't help that director Ken Kwapis stages everything like a sitcom, has no sense of pace, and buries the theme of late-life friendship under a haze of sentiment and trail dust.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Despite Redford's enthusiasm and best efforts, A Walk in the Woods is a tedious journey to nowhere special.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Even when the film isn’t dealing with women, it’s contemptuous of the world in a way that rapidly becomes one-note and tiresome.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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