Los Angeles Times - 06/22/2001
"...Jeff Goldblum and Anne Heche arguably give their best performances to date....The way AUGGIE ROSE plays out is consistently imaginative and persuasive in its plotting and writing..."
New York Times - 11/16/2001
"...[Heche] has a directness that feels like freshness..."
When hotshot insurance agent John Nolan walks into a deli/liquor store and sends back a bottle of wine because the label was scratched, he never realized such a small act could lead to tragedy. While ex-con Auggie Rose goes into the back for a new bottle, an armed robber walks in and eventually shoots Auggie. John feels responsible, so he takes Auggie in his arms and accompanies him to the hospital. But when Auggie eventually dies, John becomes determined to find out as much as he can about who Auggie was and whether there is anyone who will claim the body. Slowly, Auggie's life starts taking over his own--to the point that when Auggie's prison pen pal comes to town, John actually says that he is Auggie Rose. Matthew Tabak's debut thriller is a spooky look at obsession and second chances. Jeff Goldblum excels as John Nolan, with good turns by Nancy Travis as his longtime live-in girlfriend, Ann Heche as Auggie's pen pal, Richard T. Jones as a cop who is suspicious of John, and Joe Santos as Auggie's wacky neighbor across the hall.