The Rambler (film)

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The Rambler
The Rambler Film.jpg
Directed byCalvin Reeder
Produced by
  • Nate Bolotin
  • Roger M. Mayer
  • Christo Dimassis
  • James Lejsek
  • Clayton Young
Written byCalvin Reeder
Music by
CinematographyDave McFarland
Edited byBuzz Pierce
Also Known As Pictures
Brooklyn Reptyle Films
WindowLight Pictures
XYZ Films
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Rambler is a 2013 American independent horror film written and directed by Calvin Reeder.

The film's narrative concerns a mysterious loner known only as the Rambler, played by Dermot Mulroney. Newly released from prison, he embarks on a dark journey across a bleak and strange contemporary landscape, meeting a bizarre cast of characters.




The Rambler was premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and subsequently screened within such festivals as South by Southwest and Maryland Film Festival.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Lionsgate and Starz/Anchor Bay on June 25, 2013.[1]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 40% based on 10 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 6.1/10.[2] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[3]

Amy Nicholson from LA Times gave the film a negative review, writing "What all of this means is, frankly, nothing. But it's a handsome nothing, at least until you get sick of the screaming."[4] Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter called the film "Misguided exercise in genre fetishism", criticizing the film's plot, cheap special-effects, and performances.[5] Drew Hunt from Slant Magazine gave the film a positive review, writing, "Like Inland Empire, essentially a three-hour reel of David Lynch’s nightmares, the film is anchored in the sort of dream logic that may only make complete sense to its creator. Reeder’s dogged refusal to allow even the smallest semblance of standard movie comforts—likeable characters, narrative logic, easily identifiable themes—to worm their way into the film may be hubristic, but by that same token, it’s refreshing and revitalizing to watch someone assertively rattle the cages of cinematic form. After all, there’s more than one way to tell a story."[6]


  1. ^ "The Rambler (2013) - Calvin Reeder". AllMovie. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ "The Rambler (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Flixer. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ "The Rambler Reviews - Metacritic". MetaCritic. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ Nicholson, Amy. "Review: 'The Rambler' is a hitchhiker horror that travels a deceptive path". LA Amy Nicholson. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ Lowe, Justin. "The Rambler: Sundance Review". Hollywood Justin Lowe. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ Hunt, Drew. "The Rambler". Slant Drew Hunt. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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