The Neon Bible (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Neon Bible (1996)




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Tinged with sadness, this idiosyncratic film is a moving and poetic drama about a boy growing up in a troubled family in an American Bible Belt town in the 1940s. Much of the story involves his saloon-singer aunt, who is the one bright spot in the boy's otherwise dreary life.

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Gena Rowlands
as Aunt Mae
Jacob Tierney
as David at 15
Drake Bell
as David at 10
Leo Burmester
as Bobbie Lee Taylor
Frances Conroy
as Miss Scover
Peter McRobbie
as Rev. Watkins
Dick Dana
as Jo Lynne
Bob Hannah
as George
Dana Atwood
as Jo Lynne
Sharon Blackwood
as Schoolmistress
Sherry Velvet
as Testifier No. 1
Stephanie Astalos-Jones
as Testifier No. 2
Ian Shearer
as Billy Sunday Thompson
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Critic Reviews for The Neon Bible

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

There are many such fleeting poetic moments in The Neon Bible--moments so ecstatic that you may feel yourself rising off your seat. If much of the rest of the movie tends to be clunky as narrative, that's a small price to pay for pieces of enlightenment.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It makes for moments of entranced wonder but for tedium as well.

December 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Though not one of Davies' strongest films, this coming of age tale, set in the American South, has nice, lyrical moments, and is well acted by Gena Rowlands.

August 17, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

What it lacks in dramatic thrust is made up for in the momentary (and sometimes sustained) glimpses of brilliance.

March 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An old-fashioned type of coming-of-age film shot by the Englishman, Terence Davies.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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