• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jill Soloway
    In Theaters:
    Aug 30, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 18, 2014
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Afternoon Delight Reviews

John Anderson
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The story doesn't hold together, but Hahn and Temple are terrific.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The results are a little life lesson-y but well-observed.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The entire film is good but the revelation here is Hahn, reliably one of the funniest women in Hollywood, now suddenly given a rich, complex and even sexy role.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

September 6, 2013
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's refreshing to hear dialogue that's natural and modern and doesn't try to pontificate. And the rewards are many.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2013
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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"Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 5, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Funny and trenchant, it isn't a shapely farce. It's a comedy of confusion that dares to be unlikable -- and somehow, that makes it more lovable.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B+

September 5, 2013
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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A couple's marriage is edging toward collapse when they try to reboot their dormant sex life in this sly, hip, and rewarding comedy of manners.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 5, 2013
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Soloway] excels at drawing out nuances in female friendship. Here, though, she promises an uncomfortable exposť of middle-class morality, then doesn't follow through.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 5, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's an up-and-down movie, honest one minute and a fraud the next, but you stick with it mainly because of Hahn.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 5, 2013
Christy Lemire
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The moral of the story appears to be: Don't invite a stripper to come live with you in your home. Suggestion noted.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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As the sweetly amoral tattooed-goddess-for-hire, Temple does her wiliest acting yet.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 30, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The rubber-faced Hahn is a gifted comic actress and a surprisingly effective dramatic one, while Temple's monotonic twitter keeps the girl a tantalizing enigma.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 30, 2013
Laremy Legel
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This could very well be a movie we look back on in a decade to note the copious amounts burgeoning talent held within, just waiting to break through the surface.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 6.5/10

August 30, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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There are some bright one-liners in the beginning, but the comedy/drama mix is an uneasy one, especially considering the shabby way the film treats McKenna, as a tart who's just there to improve some yuppie sex lives.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Whether or not you wince, this meticulously acted movie, which won Ms. Soloway a directing award at the Sundance Film Festival, paints an accurate picture of how a segment of youngish, educated, affluent, white Americans converse.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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"Afternoon Delight" defaults to a calculated, upbeat ending that has little organic connection to the story, but it's a crisp and often hilarious female-centric social satire loaded with delicious talent from the TV-comedy pool.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 29, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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[An] erratic blend of not-quite satire and halfhearted soul searching.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
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These are very much first-world problems, and the portrayal of Temple's happy hooker is a tad disingenuous. Nevertheless, the fleshed-out performances keep it sympathetic.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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There weren't many promising paths for Soloway's high-concept premise to take.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

August 29, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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The central conceit is impossibly contrived.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 27, 2013
Matt Patches
Time Out New York
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...Hahn breaks through it all; she's the one who provides the glossy rumination with actual heart.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2013
Alissa Simon
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Although there are moments when it feels the plot might move in unexpected directions, in the end, the expected cliches reign.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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There's not much delightful about Afternoon Delight, an off-putting comedy about a too-idle Los Angeles woman that all of a sudden in the last few minutes decides it wants to be a serious movie.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 22, 2013
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