Forced irony or klutziness? Too often that's the question you ask of "Hick," which makes the answer all too clear.
Rachel Saltz - New York Times
Too odd to be funny, too cold-hearted to be tragic, Hick is an infuriating muddle.
Chuck Wilson - Village Voice
It contains some effective performances, it does a good job of evoking bereft and empty landscapes, but what is it for? Has she learned anything? Have we?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Ambles back and forth between tomfoolery and strained seriousness.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
The movie careers downhill with the speed of an unhinged kangaroo with one foot.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
A smarmy little road movie about a Southern teenage girl losing her innocence the hard way during the Reagan era.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Hick wants to come across as trippy and offbeat but its bizarre, surreal approach is more off-putting than effective.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Mostly plays like some creepy-perv fantasia looking for mileage from the mature-beyond-her-years presence of young star Chloe Grace Moretz.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Derek Martini's second feature - after the competent Lymelife - is a confused mess of awkward tonal shifts and boring narrative tangents all encased in the discomforting shell of a Lolita fantasy.
Just a notch above dismal. Even with the star power
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Hick is worth the effort -- and it does have some genuinely witty writing.
Stephen Fitzpatrick - The Australian
And so it came to Chloe Grace Moretz, as it must to all child actors: puberty.
Matt Singer - Time Out Chicago
Recognizes that kids can't expect the grass to be greener but comes too close to suggesting that you can expect others to mow your lawn.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Though Hick promises danger, sex (or at least sexiness) and adventure, it delivers a dry tale lacking in real action or intensity.
Shannon M. Houston - Paste Magazine
Director Derick Martini basically gives up on storytelling about 20 minutes into the feature, hoping a grubby atmosphere of creepy men and vulnerable women is enough to patch the abyssal holes in the plot.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
...shows that the era of the redneck road flick isn't over, but by God should be.
Chris Barsanti - Film Journal International
Runaway teen faces violence, harsh reality in mature drama.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Hick was intended to be a calling card for all parties involved to point at as evidence of their talent and bravery; instead, it's a black blot of shame for everyone who had a part in its making.
James Rocchi - The Playlist
Doesn't deserve to be remembered as much of anything.
Andrew Lapin - NPR
In the end, the story's potential emotional complexity - the idea that we might want to protect a young character while also recognizing her waiting-in-the-wings sexuality - ends up in a bland gray area.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
It doesn't take long to gather the influences trickling through Derick Martini's Hick, an aimless tumbleweed of a road movie if ever there was one.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
A complete disaster from beginning to end...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews