Cinema: Rushes: May 13, 1985


The defects people have come to know and love in Elmore Leonard's crime fiction are painfully apparent in the adaptation of Stick, which he has written with Joseph C. Stinson: lots of plotting, but no compelling narrative drive; plenty of characterological tics, but no characters whom one really cares for. In the title role, Burt Reynolds has somehow mislaid that cheeky brightness that is the basis of his stardom. His performance is so muted it is sometimes hard to hear his lines, and he has directed the film in the same torpid spirit. This story of an ex-con whose moral...

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