The Yellow Handkerchief Synopsis
An ex-con (William Hurt) opens up to two misfit youths as they travel through Louisiana.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The Yellow Handkerchief tells a timeless fable, and tells it extremely well.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A surprisingly moving drama - a throwback to the small, character-driven indies of yesteryear.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The performances are what put it over -- that and the observant camera of director Udayan Prasad.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The formula is obvious, but the story, curiously, turns out to be based on fact.
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
This trio of losers somehow forms a kind of loony family. Like the one in "Little Miss Sunshine," which also used the metaphor of a...
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70

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Redmayne is hugely persuasive as a redneck geek -- you'd never guess he's a Brit with credits in classical theater.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Four terrific performances make the transition to a U.S. setting go smoothly for British director Udayan Prasad.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Here the fascination is Hurt, so deft at steering his character away from booby-trap clichés that he guides his young costars safely out of...
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50

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
If it were just Hurt's show, it'd be a helluva trip.
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William Hurt, the reason I even bothered watching this movie, is solid as is Maria Bello in a supporting role. And Kristen Stewart. Probably the best acting you're going to see her do. Mind you there...

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Rated PG-13 | For for sexual content, some violence, language and thematic elements
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Subtly powerful road trip film OK for most teens.
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