75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A successful work of art. To see this movie is to feel that you've lived it.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The ruefully funny Jack Goes Boating, which, refreshingly, takes a generous view of its flawed characters, is a must for us many Hoffman fans.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie stays alert to the dreams and disappointments of four average people on an emotional roller coaster. It's a sublimely acted movie, hilarious and heartfelt.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The actors make it new and poignant, and avoid going over the top in the story's limited psychic and physical space.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Hoffman emerges as a confident film director with visual flair and, no surprise, a remarkable ability to maximize his fellow actors' work.
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70

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The picture is well-crafted; it just doesn't breathe.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The performances are uniformly top-notch. It was a treat to see Ortiz, an actor known on screen mostly for his impressive cameos in movies like "El Cantante," in a leading part enabling him to express his considerable emotional range.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This is one of those rare movies that genuinely likes its characters and wishes them the best; as agonizing as it can be to watch Jack fumble toward human connection, Hoffman knows the fumbling's the point.
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63

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Jack Goes Boating won't knock you over, but it lulls you with its slow-warming heart.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Hoffman has a nice eye for detail, painting an empathetic portrait of lost souls that recalls 1955's still-powerful romance "Marty."
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.