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Nights and Weekends (2008)

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75

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Mattie and James are in love. But too many mornings and too many miles apart have taken a toll on them. As they struggle with the distance between New York and Chicago, their visits become reminders of the difficulties, not the pleasures, of their relationship.

Unrated,

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Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg

Aug 25, 2009

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Swanberg and Gerwig also have a gift for constructing the kind of moments rarely seen in contemporary American independent film.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This movie belongs to its stars, who also wrote and produced. You can't say their acting is good or bad because they are not really acting. They're just being themselves, pubic hair and all.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Night and Weekends simultaneously plays like a critique of the mumblecore ethos and an especially obnoxious example of its whimsical tics and insouciant solipsism.

October 10, 2008
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The movie's attempt to become a Scenes from a Marriage for the SXSW set often comes within millimeters of self-parody.

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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These kids fear tripods like most twentysomethings fear neckties.

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig nail the everyday rhythms of stuttering indecision.

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Feels entirely true and real.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
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Its surprisingly structured depiction of this relationship and its many private rituals and performances, which the film's unforgiving style continually strips bare

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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In brief scenes, lovely or tense, mostly unresolved, Nights and Weekends indicates a slow, almost imperceptible evolution in the relationship.

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
NPR.org

One imagines the film is making a gentle attempt to be a modern Scenes from a Marriage, and while that's a tall order, Gerwig and Swanberg aren't terribly far from the mark.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Directors Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig fill the screen with many magical moments of intimacy in a relationship that is going through a rough patch.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A frequent-flyer drama examining 21st Century mating habits.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

At last, the confessional style actually confesses a legitimate sense of longing and doubt, and the mundane no longer feels so ordinary.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

I can't recall a film with as much character insight as this one; not necessarily character development, but insight.

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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If Cassavetes's films inspired future filmmakers with their DIY aesthetic, then Swanberg and Gerwig's efforts seem calculated to discourage enthusiastic amateurs from getting anywhere near a camera.

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's at times bold, intimate, unfunny, and discomforting, but it is never anything less than sincere.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Nights and Weekends marks writer-director Joe Swanberg's fourth consecutive film at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and it's quite possibly his strongest work yet.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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Audience Reviews for Nights and Weekends

[font=Century Gothic]"Nights and Weekends" starts with Mattie(Greta Gerwig) and James(Joe Swanberg) removing each other's clothes before they can even get all the way into his apartment. James lives in Chicago while Mattie attends nursing school in New York City.(It is never explicitly stated but I think they met in college and live apart due to Mattie's continuing education.) So, they only get a little time to spend together which they try to make the most of.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and Joe Swanberg, "Nights and Weekends" is a pointed examination of the dynamics of a long distance relationship. The film is both emotionally and physically raw, encompassing the push and pull of their particular relationship. Their physical attraction pulls them together while a clash of personalities, especially Mattie's food issues which are petty beyond belief, only serves to make a tough situation harder. In the end, I would have liked some of this to be the result of economics but you take what you can get.[/font]
October 14, 2008
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Walter M.

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Would've loved a third act.
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