88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Beautifully shot in rich colors by Franz Lustig, it's possibly Wenders' most accessible film to date, and among his most emotionally satisfying.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Shepard's charisma has always reached back to an earlier time, so it's easy to accept him as a kind of pre-counterculture hero - Eastwood without the sneer - who aged into the era of tabloid scandal.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Don't Come Knocking expresses itself with deadpan humor, striking imagery, Western iconography and outbursts of strong emotions.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
T Bone Burnett's soundtrack has the appropriate twang to give Wenders' Hopperesque tableaux a nice, filmic poetry. But as arresting as the images are, Shepard's clunky, soap-opera banter brings most everything, and everyone, crashing down to earth.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The finest scene in Don't Come Knocking is its quietest...The movie could have used a lot more of it.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There are scenes that don't even pretend to work. And others that have a sweetness and visual beauty that stops time and simply invites you to share.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
In what is more a cry of regret than a coherent story, Shepard's character mopes his way through meetings with an old girlfriend (Jessica Lange) and the grown children he sired, the only apparent lesson being that bad behavior has a way of circling back on you.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
After a funny, highly promising start, Don't Come Knocking starts to fall apart, displaying all of Wenders' weaknesses, too.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Pretentious drama.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.