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Blind Date (2009)

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33

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 14

Despite the chemistry of stars Patricia Clarkson and Stanely Tucci, Blind Date's stagey direction and underdeveloped story make it feel more like a rehearsal than a performance.

30

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

Despite the chemistry of stars Patricia Clarkson and Stanely Tucci, Blind Date's stagey direction and underdeveloped story make it feel more like a rehearsal than a performance.

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Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson play Don and Janna, an estranged married couple, who after suffering a tragedy, go on a series of "blind" dates to reignite their relationship. But as the dates progress, Don and Janna reveal their pent-up emotional angst to each other and wonder if their marriage can be saved.

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy

Stanley Tucci, David Schechter

Dec 22, 2009

Variance Releasing

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (14)

It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The film never lifts itself above its origin as a well-meaning, underdeveloped exercise.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A remake of a film by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, it fails to captivate despite -- or perhaps because of -- the frantic acting efforts of Tucci and the normally reliable Patricia Clarkson.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Ultimately, the joke goes on too long -- for the couple and for us -- and the film fades away before the final fade-out.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's overly faithful to the original and to Van Gogh's preferred three-camera setup.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's the kind of two-hander that relies solely on the chemistry of the actors, both of whom banter, parry and bum rush their way through various left turns with grace. Their pas de deux almost makes up for this threadbare tragedy's no-win endgame. Almost.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Too psychological and "film school" for some but a fine homage to Theo Van Gogh's integrity and courage as a filmmaker and student of the human condition.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

A depressing tale of a couple whose relationship is running on empty.

October 3, 2009 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Boasts natural, well-nuanced performances by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, but it's often an awkward blend of romance, drama, comedy and tragedy that eventually becomes tedious and dull while leaving you underwhelmed and unmoved.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

[Patricia] Clarkson has the ability to make any character interesting, but if there's ever been a test of how enjoyable it is to watch a film just because she's in it, this is it.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Merely a depressing curiosity.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Far more than an actors' exercise, this theatrical piece conveys the heartbreak of a married couple who have lost their 5-year-old daughter in an auto accident.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Tucci has such a disdain for subtlety that he doesn't even allow the viewer to suss out for themselves what made-up identities Don and Janna have assumed in each encounter.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A well-written and insightful drama built around two beautifully modulated performances by Tucci (who directed) and the always-marvelous Patricia Clarkson.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

As a theatrical filmic exercise, "Blind Date" is a fair experiment. Just don't go expecting to see a movie.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Radar
Daily Radar

The characters are barely introduced before we're plunked right into their angst-fest.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Audience Reviews for Blind Date

Tucci (as director and actor) and Clarkson endeavor mightily to invigorate this woebegone tale of lost and regret, theatrically done mainly in one locale (a tavern). A married couple pretends not to know one another in order to meet afresh time after time, an effort to jump start their desperately failing marriage, but between the art and artifice you get confused, get lost, and you will too, despite the competent work (always) of the leads.
January 2, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci(who also directed) prove with the melancholic and episodic chamber piece "Blind Date" that they can almost make anything work. Tucci plays Don, who we are told by a narrator(Sarah Hyland) is a magician who works awfully hard at not being very good. As a way to invigorate their crumbling marriage, he and his wife Janna(Clarkson) play a series of games, pretending they are on a blind date, trying to return to a point in their relationship when their love for each other was at its peak. They are also trying to forget(what exactly is revealed about halfway through the movie and in the trailer) which a lot of people try to do when they watch something or someone that they hope will make them laugh. But to paraphrase Watchmen #1, what happens when the jester can no longer laugh himself?
December 23, 2010
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