• Released
  • December 23, 1988
  • PG
  • Comedy Drama
    Romantic Drama
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
Irresistibly funny… Just about the best holiday gift imaginable. [23 Dec 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I've never seen a movie so sad in which there was so much genuine laughter. The Accidental Tourist is one of the best films of the year.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The chief delight is Kasdan. “Body Heat” was appropriately slick, but “The Big Chill” and “Silverado” too...
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80

TV Guide

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Hurt's performance is remarkably assured, and Davis beautifully captures her character's insouciance. Less than perfect is Turner, whose...
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80

Variety

Slow, sonorous and largely satisfying.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
The film's frequent longeurs, compulsive over-explicitness and unshakably morose hero seem like so many insistently ''literary'' qualities,...
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50

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Hurt's character is so inert and unemotional that some spectators may find it difficult to stay interested in him.
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40

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
The Accidental Tourist often relies on Miss Tyler's methods without tempering them, and gives a tone of crashing obviousness to material...
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38

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The message of the film is that life isn't neat and predictable like a well-arranged business trip; yet everything in the picture is so...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

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It's a ho-hum-er, almost a complete bummer. [6 Jan 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ A mature, well-made film for teens and adults.
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