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Big Sur

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Michael Polish

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About the Movie

An adaptation of American literary icon Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same name, BIG SUR focuses on a moment in Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling to battle inner demons, he seeks respite in three brief sojourns to a cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur. Michael Polish’s film is at once a poetic meditation and a love-letter to the work of an author who defined the Beat Generation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 31, 2013

Fresh: Offers an elegantly muted take on the midlife ennui of Kerouac's autobiographical 1962 novel. – Guy Lodge, Variety, Jan 29, 2013

Rotten: There's a strange heft to its hollowness. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Oct 31, 2013

Rotten: You don't have to be a Beat cultist to wonder why these brilliant and transgressive volcanoes of authentic cool are so friggin' boring. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Oct 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Ohhh, Mann.... 6 bucks for this!

You wouldn't think a movie with such great cinematography could be sooo...pointless. Just god-awful boring.

Cinematic masterpiece

True to form Michael Polish’s Big Sur is a cinematic masterpiece; both beautifully and powerfully done. And true to Jack Kerouac’s ‘Big Sur’ itself you get that amazing sense of these people, the uniquely interesting prose that is the voice overs and just how right Michael got it!

As always the various elements at all stages of production tie together superbly to create a world and characters that draw you in and leave you watching until the final credit roles. The heart behind this film and the attention to detail brought to life a world different from the one we now know, yet not forgotten by those who keep its memory alive. Michael has surely earned himself a place as one of those guardians for the beat generation with his adaptation of Big Sur.

Very Good Stuff

I really liked it. It is not over the top or full of gimmicks like a movie about Kerouac could easily be. It wasn’t trying too hard to be cool, cram in too much info, or trying to update a cool era to make modern audiences understand it. It was a film about a man struggling with booze, love, and trying to understand himself.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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