• Released
  • August 14, 1998
  • NR , 1 hr 34 min
  • Psychological Drama
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Luminous Motion Synopsis
A woman (Deborah Kara Unger) and her son (Eric Lloyd) travel from town to town.
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L.A. Weekly

The elegant gambol through ideas, combined with Gordon's clear love of luminous motion -- literally -- is a welcome treat.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
What counts here is the acute psychological validity with which Gordon evokes a coming of age that's seen with a darkly outrageous sense of...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Fine acting and creative directing lend three-dimensional life to this absorbing story, which blends dreamlike elements with sharply etched...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The one thing about Luminous Motion that can be said with certainty is that Bette Gordon should be making more movies.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
An ambitious film that sticks with you long after you have left the theater -- because of both what it achieves and what it does not.
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Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
Never regains its raw power once the sultry Unger retreats from the front seat of her Chevy to the privacy of her suburban bedroom.
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Portland Oregonian

Although Lloyd's performance (reminiscent in mannerism to Haley Joel Osment), sometimes drags, it's the only real defect in a surprisingly...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Has its moments, but overall it's depressing.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Its tone is stilted and mannered -- and most of it seems a bit loony.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Gordon makes the mistake of preserving Bradfield's highly idiosyncratic dialogue -- dazzling on the page, deadly in any actor's mouths --...
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Rated NR