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Hick (2012)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

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Small town teenager Luli (Chloe Grace Moretz) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (Blake Lively), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs,



Aug 14, 2012

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (21)

Ambles back and forth between tomfoolery and strained seriousness.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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It contains some effective performances, it does a good job of evoking bereft and empty landscapes, but what is it for? Has she learned anything? Have we?

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (9)
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Hick wants to come across as trippy and offbeat but its bizarre, surreal approach is more off-putting than effective.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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A smarmy little road movie about a Southern teenage girl losing her innocence the hard way during the Reagan era.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (6)
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Mostly plays like some creepy-perv fantasia looking for mileage from the mature-beyond-her-years presence of young star ChloŽ Grace Moretz.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (2)
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Forced irony or klutziness? Too often that's the question you ask of "Hick," which makes the answer all too clear.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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Derek Martini's second feature - after the competent Lymelife - is a confused mess of awkward tonal shifts and boring narrative tangents all encased in the discomforting shell of a Lolita fantasy.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Just a notch above dismal. Even with the star power

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Hick is worth the effort -- and it does have some genuinely witty writing.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: The Australian | Comments (3)
The Australian

And so it came to ChloŽ Grace Moretz, as it must to all child actors: puberty.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Recognizes that kids can't expect the grass to be greener but comes too close to suggesting that you can expect others to mow your lawn.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye | Comment (1)

Though Hick promises danger, sex (or at least sexiness) and adventure, it delivers a dry tale lacking in real action or intensity.

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Comment (1)
Paste Magazine

Director Derick Martini basically gives up on storytelling about 20 minutes into the feature, hoping a grubby atmosphere of creepy men and vulnerable women is enough to patch the abyssal holes in the plot.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

...shows that the era of the redneck road flick isn't over, but by God should be.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

Runaway teen faces violence, harsh reality in mature drama.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Hick was intended to be a calling card for all parties involved to point at as evidence of their talent and bravery; instead, it's a black blot of shame for everyone who had a part in its making.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: The Playlist | Comments (3)
The Playlist

In the end, the story's potential emotional complexity - the idea that we might want to protect a young character while also recognizing her waiting-in-the-wings sexuality - ends up in a bland gray area.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline | Comments (2)

It doesn't take long to gather the influences trickling through Derick Martini's Hick, an aimless tumbleweed of a road movie if ever there was one.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Hick

three stars
July 28, 2013
MisterYoda ?

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A coming of age story about Luli, a 13-year-old girl who decides to run off to Las Vegas after her parents abandon her. Events along the way will force her to grow up. This is not a feel good film. This is a film about the likely consequences of a teenage runaway. Because of this there are a few scenes which are inappropriate for younger viewers. There are two implied near rape scenes against the girl (the only thing shown is the girl getting pushed around). This film has been getting trashed by most reviewers and I cannot really understand why. The acting is terrific, particularly Chloe Grace Moretz as Luli. The story was compelling. The only fault with the movie is its screenplay which moves the story along much too slowly. Direction is fine, if unspectacular and the director does what he can. The main issue with the movie is that their are too many characters being introduced who seem like they are important and than removed from the film. Still, this movie is very good for the performances alone and worth a watch 4 stars
January 13, 2013
Bruce Bruce

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Mostly liked this. The story jumps around a little and can be hard to follow, but it's interesting and cast all put in good performances. I tend up like little movies set in small town USA and this ticks most of the boxes. The ending was a surprise I didn't see coming. Not a twist exactly, more a wtf just happened?! Chloe is great, I think she's been impressive in all I have seen her in. Blake is also good here, very different role for her, but she pulls it off.
Ending a little vague and possibly disturbing considering this girl is 13, but I guess she grew up fast and life at home not great, so not going to judge.
Overall worth a watch if you like indie films and don't need it all spelt out for you.
November 24, 2012

Super Reviewer

This is a trashy and lurid road movie that, while not as exploitative as I thought it would be, is also a lot more meandering, uneven, and underwhelming than I thought it might be, too.

The plot follows a young and naive girl from a small Nebraska town who leaves her dysfunctional family behind to try to make it in Las Vegas. Along the way she meets some colorful characters, almost all of them being the wrong kind of people.

This is the sort of brazen indie film I get drawn to once in a while, because it seems like it will be edgy, and definitely risk taking since it features such a young performer playing a character in the center of all kinds of messed up stuff, but unfortunately this one comes off as a dud.

I liked that it didn't get too over the top and sleazy, but what it gave up in that department, it made up for with a little too much meandering and boredom. The film isn't unwatchable, and the performances do show that people were trying, and there's some good needle drops, but even then, this film is just kinda blah.

There's lots of notable names, but many of them aren't given much to work with, and it makes me question their inclusion here. Also, while I don't mind it sometimes, there's really not much of a point to this movie, so it basically just becomes an exercise in seeing a young girl try to deal with crappy situations over and over for about 90 minutes, with no real lesson being learned.

The set up had potential, but I'll just chalk this one up to bad execution, and wish everyone involved the best of luck.
October 30, 2012
Chris Weber

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    1. Luli: Am I pretty?
    – Submitted by Elena S (10 months ago)
    1. Eddie: The rich get richer and the poor get the picture.
    – Submitted by Kirsten T (2 years ago)
    1. Glenda: You like whiskey?
    2. Luli McMullen: No.
    3. Glenda: What are you, some kinda communist?
    – Submitted by Kirsten T (2 years ago)
    1. Glenda: Church is for brunettes.
    – Submitted by Kirsten T (2 years ago)
    1. Lloyd: Have you ever herd somebody saddle up to a bar and say... can I have a Seven and Squirt?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Luli: I'm never gonna fall in love with a goin' no where fast guy like you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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