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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A big little movie for realists

7/10
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA
14 July 2001

"The Hi-Line" is an intelligently crafted, austere, minimalistic drama which tells of a 20 year old woman who encounters a somewhat older man who helps her discover secrets of her past. Shot in shiveringly cold, bleak, and wintery Big Sky country with a small cast, "The Hi-Line" focuses on the Alosio and Cook characters as it trudges through its simple tale of a mismatched pair of self-deprecating people who find common ground in their humanness. Sans all the hype and glitz of Hollywood products, this little sleeper will appeal most to realists.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

saw it at Sundance, loved it-

8/10
Author: darrel pearce (dperson@mind.net) from ashland, oregon
6 April 1999

the Hi-Line is a small simple narrative of two damaged souls caught up in a delicate dance of approach and avoidance in an original love story. Set against the bleak, wintry backdrop of a small town in northern Montana, this story is tender and truthful and completely unpredictable. The closing scene in the ballroom of Chicago's Drake Hotel is memorable, poetic and touching, a magic movie moment Rachel Leigh Cook and Ryan Alosio are wonderful.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

a great quality family movie! wonderfully directed, written, acted!

Author: michelle from new york city
9 August 2003

this movie was fantastic! the scenery was splendid, the actors were faboulous, the writing, the directing was all wonderful. its an independant film however so they are normally a little slow and artistic. if your looking for a big blown out jerry brukhemier movie this isnt the one. without sex, drugs, or explosions this movie is for the family and is very heartwarming. rachael leigh cook shines. ron judkins does a fabolous job with the writting and directing of this INDEPENDANT FILM. its not going to be paramount,gladiator or star wars special effects, keeps you on the edge of ur chair type of deal. its quality film that will make you wonder.. why doesnt our society have more movies like this one? TERRIFIC MR. JUDKINS!! he is obviously a very smart man having one two academy awards and works for steven speilberg not a "15 year old student" as one commentor descibed. great film! bravo!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Nice Film, Not Great

7/10
Author: Cedes
29 April 2005

This is a very nice film, there are much better films, and there are much worse films. There's nothing edgy here, nothing remarkable, just a very solid slightly unusual film. If this had been a Hollywood film, everyone would hate it. But given the Indie look, feel, and budget it seems like a better film. Not a bad first effort for the director.

Rachel Leigh Cook really does carry this movie, she is an amazing actress. Ryan Alosio seems to be acting like Mark Ruffalo too much. In fact Ruffalo would have been a better casting choice. The small homages here and there are nice touches. Sadly Rachel's character seems much older than she is, and Alosio seems much younger. The idea that he is an older man from the big city, just doesn't play here at all.

Two other things carry this film - Montana filming and the music. The outdoor cinematography is very good, Montana looks great here. The music is fantastic. I wish Ron Judkins, sound man on so many other films, had gotten the mix right - the music is so much louder and bass heavy compared to the dialog. Sad miss on his part.

Finally - this is no family film. PG is a total misnomer. I'm not sure I'd show this to anyone under 13, the subject matter, some of the language. I wish Mr. Judkins had just given in and made a better film at PG-13 or R rated.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Strong Performance by Rachael Leigh Cook

10/10
Author: dodge_this
8 June 2001

Rachael Leigh Cook gives a wonderfully emotional performance in this little-seen independent film. However, her male counterpart does not do as well and the story moves much slower than needed. If not for Rachael's performance, it would be another run-of-the-mill, easily forgettable coming-of-age movie. The ending seems abrupt and there could be more explanation about what happens to these characters we come to understand relatively well in only 90 minutes. The DVD extras also give a very interesting insight into the making of a low-budget film by a first-time director. A commentary track would have been appreciated, but unfortunately was not done.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Rachael Leigh Cook's best film yet!

9/10
Author: Matt Parmenter (mparmenter@students.jccc.net) from Overland Park, KS
12 August 2001

I think that "The Hi-Line" shows what a great actress Rachael Leigh Cook is. The film itself is a little slow, but Rachael makes it worth watching. I think she does a great job of portraying someone who feels like there is something more to her life, but dosen't know what it is.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Ron Judkins is a great director

10/10
Author: Dailey
3 December 2002

This film is a beautiful gem about interiority and emotional landscapes. The cinematography is gorgeous -- all whites and vast openness, but not boring. Ron Judkins, the director, is daring and courageous to make a film this thoughtful and quiet. Seems like a lot of European films. Too bad that we don't support such filmmaking on our own soil. This movie should have been picked up by a big studio. I hope Judkins makes more films.

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