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Entertainment Weekly
Shepard's charisma has always reached back to an earlier time, so it's easy to accept him as a kind of pre-counterculture hero - Eastwood without the sneer - who aged into the era of tabloid scandal.
The Hollywood Reporter
Don't Come Knocking expresses itself with deadpan humor, striking imagery, Western iconography and outbursts of strong emotions.
Filled with haunting visual panoramas. One of the most resonant is a nighttime shot of the Elko skyline dominated by a glittering casino. Evoking a once and future gold rush, it says more about the Old West and the New West than all of Mr. Shepard's elliptical, stagy dialogue can muster. Such powerful images make Don't Come Knocking well worth contemplating.
Judged on any kind of rational level, this film is a mess, and Fairuza Balk, as a punky friend of Howard's son, gives the single most annoying performance I have ever seen. But Franz Lustig's cinematography has a Walker Evans-like power.
Strikes some resonant chords but also hits notes that simply don't ring true and are borderline risible at times
Village Voice
It's "Broken Flowers" with bourbon and ten-gallons and meta-country soundtrack warbles.
New York Daily News
In what is more a cry of regret than a coherent story, Shepard's character mopes his way through meetings with an old girlfriend (Jessica Lange) and the grown children he sired, the only apparent lesson being that bad behavior has a way of circling back on you.
Despite a fine cast, the film feels as lost as Howard, unsure of its direction or tone.
New York Post
It's all interspersed with strange attempts at comedy that fail on two levels: They're not funny, and they puncture what little drama there is.
L.A. Weekly
So radiantly awful that, given the egghead credentials of the director and his screenwriter and star Sam Shepard, I initially took the charitable route and assumed I was in the presence of parody.

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