Rick Gilbert
Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Turn the River

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/09/08
performer
Jamie Dornan, Famke Janssen, Rip Torn
director
Chris Eigeman
author
Chris Eigeman

We gave it a C-

An only-in-the-movies mother hustles pool to raise the money to abduct the son she’s been forbidden to see since her divorce. The kid’s abusive father, meanwhile, is himself the angry son of a domineering, fanatically Catholic old bat. There are plenty more wildly arbitrary entanglements where those came from in Turn the River, the actor-indulgent first feature by Malcolm in the Middle‘s Chris Eigeman: Rip Torn as a grizzled pool-hall owner and Terry Kinney as a kindly passport forger. Even in down-market tank tops, Famke Janssen looks fetching with a pool stick. C-

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