Lionsgate Barefoot

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Lionsgate Barefoot

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In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the Lionsgate Lionsgate Barefoot placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
4,963 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
There is one thing about "Barefoot" that makes it at least a guilty pleasure. Once you ignore how improbable Daisy is—why is it that a girl so naïve and unworldly can always have such perfect hair and just-so makeup, unless her mother also let her watch makeover shows—there is something oddly captivating about Wood's performance.
- Roger Ebert
February 21, 2014 | Full review
At the other end of the spectrum, two patients at the hospital played by David Jensen and Thomas Francis Murphy provide a bracing tonic effect, cutting through the sap like two characters who wandered in from a sharper and more believable story.
- The Hollywood Reporter
February 21, 2014 | Full review
But Fleming treats Stephen Zotnowski’s script with a glossy literalism that doesn’t do it or the actors any favors. Laughs are few, strained pathos (complete with strategically placed Nick Drake track) is abundant, while the romantic aspect is just … icky.
- Variety
February 18, 2014 | Full review
Never cloying but rarely moving, “Barefoot” is also plagued throughout by witless jokes and an offensively simplistic view of mental illness. At least it offers two happy endings: Jay and Daisy get their requisite reunion, and this dumb, drippy dreck eventually ends.
- The Wrap
February 20, 2014 | Full review
Another reason this romance is so enjoyable, is the innocent quality to the story. Because of Daisy’s isolation (she isn’t really crazy), you feel for her desire to just be loved by someone in a wholesome kind of, non-sexual way.
- The Silver Petticoat Review
February 1, 2015 | Full review
And “Barefoot” dodges that sentimentalize-the-schizophrenic trap by having Jay not flirt with Daisy, and by giving her very real problems that could be caused by any number of things — things that don’t necessarily call for institutionalization.
- Movie Nation
February 17, 2014 | Full review
Barefoot is funny and sweet. If you like romantic comedies, give it a try. I think you’ll like it.
- Old Ain't Dead
February 16, 2015 | Full review
Barefoot left much to be desired. While it has some of the essential ingredients to be a perfect indie rom-com; a spoonful of Evan Rachel Wood‘s kewpie, doe-eyed, Daisy, and a dose of ne’er-do-well bad boy with striking good looks, Jay, played by Scott Speedman, the film lacks the spark necessary to really label it a success.
- Way Too Indie
April 4, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Though the content is weak
- Variety
February 18, 2014 | Full review
Meanwhile, the script loses interest in Jay and his soon-to-be-broken kneecaps entirely, conveniently resolving all his needs via dad ex machina.
- The Wrap
February 20, 2014 | Full review
While enjoyable and quite romantic, the movie is not without its flaws. As I mentioned before, Daisy’s childishness should have been toned down a little. Daisy and Jay’s escapade with his father’s expensive motor home (Jay steals it) almost feels slightly unbelievable in that the two could escape the law for so long.
- The Silver Petticoat Review
February 1, 2015 | Full review
But for all its quirks and efforts to immunize itself from criticism, “Barefoot” is never much more than utterly predictable and conventional.
- Movie Nation
February 17, 2014 | Full review
The characters and the storyline are underdeveloped which result in the lack of any emotional connection to either of the protagonists, or even an understanding of their connection.
- Way Too Indie
April 4, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding to convince his family that he's finally straightened out his life.

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