Owen Gleiberman
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

U Turn

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
performer
Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight
director
Oliver Stone
author
John Ridley

We gave it a B+

Oliver Stone’s thriller is a spectacularly scuzzy comedy of fate, a film noir that winks at you. The hero (Sean Penn) is a gambler who wheels his broken-down Mustang into the sunbaked nowheres-ville of Superior, Ariz. The chain-of-disaster form of U-Turn is, by now, a genre all its own — call it Rube Goldberg noir. The movie starts out as a rude, seductive head bender, but Stone finally inflates it into a blood opera of sadomasochistic love. B+

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