U-Turn (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes


U-Turn (1997)



Critic Consensus: U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.

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Oliver Stone takes a breather from politics with this violent and frequently very funny black comedy about a gambler whose car breaks down near an Arizona mining town filled with thieves, vamps and killers.

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Sean Penn
as Bobby Cooper
Nick Nolte
as Jake McKenna
Jennifer Lopez
as Grace McKenna
Powers Boothe
as Sheriff Potter
Joaquin Phoenix
as Toby N. Tucker
Jon Voight
as Blind Man
Abraham Benrubi
as Biker No. 1
Valery Nikolaev
as Mr. Arkady
Aida Linares
as Jamilla
Laurie Metcalf
as Bus Station Clerk
Liv Tyler
as Girl in Bus Station
Richard Rutowski
as Biker No. 2
Sean Stone
as Boy in Grocery Store
Annie Mei-Ling Tien
as Short Order Cook
Sheri Foster
as Grace's Mother
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Critic Reviews for U-Turn

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15)

The best art of any age typically comes from the dysfunctional artist, and U-Turn is just that -- Stone's oddball glimpse into a shadow America that no one wants to believe exists but that undoubtedly does.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

As the first Oliver Stone movie to gleefully dispense with sociopolitical significance, U-Turn is an overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.

March 26, 2009

Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

It's a disappointing ride.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to.

February 21, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for U-Turn

A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you watch till the end just to see if something happens. 2 stars. 8-20-12

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is an enjoyable romp for us who prefer more acid and less optimistic stories. Not to mention that compared with what Stone has being doing in the last years, it's gold.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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